Updated: Aug 30
How can you regain mobility, avoid pain, regain vitality, and hope for a better quality of life when you have fibromyalgia?
If you suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic pain, you may also be experiencing anxiety and insomnia, which has a cascading impacts on your overall health. You are not alone in your search for a solution to this disease that affects millions of people, the vast majority of whom are women.
A few facts about fibromyalgia
According to research, fibromyalgia is characterized by constant or recurrent diffuse pain and particularly pain on contact at defined points. It is now known that fibromyalgia is the result of interactions between the musculoskeletal system, the neuro-endocrine system (hormones) and the central nervous system. Sometimes there is an inability to relax the muscles after a contraction, or an amplification of the signal sent by the nerves to the brain. This leads to a permanent state of alertness and stress (cortisol), and pain signals become more intense. It is also known that about half of the people suffering from fibromyalgia have experienced trauma or accidents that cause disturbances in the central structures of the brain.
With no known cure, proposed treatments are often very medication-driven, with highly variable results and side effects. Exercise programs often tend to inflame the muscles by offering repetitive movements that cause strong and chronic contractions, excessive stretching that causes micro-injuries, and fatigue.
But research provides some treatment avenues following an integral and holistic approach, combining body and brain. The goal of treatment for fibromyalgia should be to decrease pain, contraction, and increase function and vitality, without medication.
How Neuro-Somatic Coaching could help
First, the slowing down, the softness and the great slowness that you will experience during a movement lesson helps to calm the central nervous system, while sending non-threatening signals to the neurons. Then, focusing on the movement amplifies the 'safe' connections and defuses the harmful ones.
Because the movements are gentle, subtle and refined, and especially because they are effortless, without stretching or cracking, they do not cause negative reactions or inflammation. Your brain re-learns what pain-free movement is all about. In addition, the low level of effort allows you to relearn how to modulate the contraction. Your brain no longer spends its energy contracting muscles unnecessarily, and can reallocate its internal resources to the regulation of other functions (hormones, sleep, mood). The result: more mobility, more refinement, more energy, and less pain.
Gradually, with neuro-somatic therapy, you learn to direct your conscious attention to something other than the pain, so that it does not define you, and no longer invades you. It is proven that meditative techniques, cognitive approaches and movement can play a big role in reducing pain. By listening closely to yourself and taking steps to heal the physical and emotional wounds that can also feed fibromyalgia, you can have a better quality of life.
The source of pain is in the brain. But the brain can reorganize itself so that pain does not define you.
It is important to note that neuro-somatic coaching is a non-medical approach that aims to help your brain reorganize itself, using its natural plasticity. As it is a very individual approach, results vary from person to person. However, the changes - however small - are often immediate.
Experience it for yourself today!