Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid arthritis are three conditions we see a lot in the clinic. Often they can intertwine with each other. Many suffers become frustrated as treatment options are limited. Feeling constantly exhausted and in pain can also lead to great anxiety and even depression. Complimentary medicine looks at these conditions from a very different perspective to that of the West. Therefor we can offer treatment options to help ease suffering.
What causes chronic fatigue? There are several underlying factors that can lead this condition. These may include:
Fibromyalgia is defined as pathophysiology that leads to changes in the central nervous system. Central sensitisation issues arise and are usually triggered by long standing psychological or physical stress. Sufferers can have heightened cortisol (stress hormone) levels, high inflammation markers such as Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reaction Protein (CRP) and often feel pain to usually non pain inducing stimuli.
Many of the underlying factors that lead to chronic fatigue can also be attributed to fibromyalgia. They often go hand in hand. Many who have chronic fatigue will not suffer from fibromyalgia. However, most people with fibromyalgia will also suffer from chronic fatigue.
Many will also experience arthritic symptoms; inflammation is a big factor in all three conditions. By discovering the underlying disharmonies, treatment principles can be applied to strengthen the digestive system, reduce inflammation, clear any hidden pathogens, reduce stress and calm the nervous system.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling of the joints and surrounding tissue. Normally your immune system sets out to ward off illnesses and fight infections, however in auto immunes disease the body’s own defences attack healthy tissue. Inflammation is huge issue for sufferers. Some will have high ESR and CRP and can test positive for Rheumatoid factor or Anti-nuclear antibody (ANA).
As inflammation is such a huge factor in Rheumatoid arthritis cases, finding ways to reduce the source of inflammation is imperative. The gut health is of utmost importance when it comes to combating this debilitating illness. Appropriate diet along with regulating the bowels and balancing the gut flora can have a profound impact on reducing inflammation and increasing overall health.
Often when there is lots of musculoskeletal pathology it is quite normal for sessions to be quite intense. That old adage “It’s gotta hurt to heal” is quite often true. Usually as you progress through your treatments the sensitivity will decrease as the therapist literally irons out all your kinks. However, in those with a huge inflammatory flair up, this can lead to extended recovery time and discomfort.
If you are finding massage therapy or chiropractic work has left you feeling really tender for days after. It could be that your inflammation levels are quite high and maybe they need to be reduced in order for you to get the most out of your massage or chiropractic sessions. Nick Foley (Kinesiology Chiropractor) has a strong passion for inflammatory conditions as a result of gut imbalance, intolerances and allergies. Chinese Medicine and Naturopathy are also therapy’s that focus intensely on internal medicine and gut health.
All of our therapists at Samsara are aware of inflammatory conditions, often your body will show inflammation as they work on you. Redness can be a big indicator. If your therapist thinks you may need some dietary changes, a gut tone up or perhaps even herbal medicine to help lower inflammation, they can advise you of this and direct you to an appropriate practitioner.
Don’t let a flare up put you off massage and chiropractic work. It may mean taking a short break from massage whilst you work on the internal issues or working in conjunction with a herbalist and your massage therapist. Once those markers reduce, you will not only find treatments more comfortable, but you will benefit from your treatments a lot more. Your massage and Chiropractic treatments will be more affective, will hold longer and won’t be as tender afterwards.
Many of our practitioners across several modalities have a keen interest in chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid arthritis. Check out our practitioner page to discover a practitioner that you align with. Often a couple of different modalities may be required as many of these issues have layers. Massages can be a fabulous way to increase blood flow and decrease pain, however if you aren't getting those benefits we suggest you look at modalities that will decrease your inflammation levels; like Chinese Medicine & Acupuncutre, Naturopathy or Nick Foley's Kinesiology Chiropractic. You can also speak to your GP to see you are eligible for an EPC plan and organise up to 5 x Chiropractic session with Nick Foley to address your condition.
At Samsara we endeavour to address as many of the issues and symptoms as we can. Often many health issues tie in together, so working on one area can help with a few different symptoms. As mentioned previously, the gut is the key when it comes to inflammatory conditions. Hidden pathogens too are very prevalent. They are the lurking, underlying muck runners who many people are not even aware exist.
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