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I wrote a few years ago on Magnet Therapy as a treatment for Fibromyalgia and with most sufferers unable to access pain management programs at the moment, it may help by trying this at home. As always please DO NOT try anything new at home without talking to your GP first.

The Chinese use magnets, as well as acupuncture, and say the difference is just that needles work faster, but that magnets applied correctly are just as effective for some complaints.

They also think that the magnets are thought to stimulate the body’s ‘chi’ to promote healing. Apparently, Cleopatra is said to have worn a polished lodestone on her 3rd eye to maintain her beauty!

Although magnets became popular in the 19th and 20th centuries, the medical profession was against the use of them, but since then, magnets and magnetic products have become more and more popular with an increase in scientific studies showing the effectiveness of them.

Magnet Bracelets have become more and more popular especially for arthritis and are worn by males and females. A company called TRION have super strong magnets of 4000 Gauss which they say helps relieve symptoms of joint pain, arthritis and carpal tunnel. It also helps to improve the blood circulation and balance your body’s physiological magnetic field. They are available from Amazon for £34.99

A company who deal in magnets Synergy For Life say that ‘Therapeutic magnets deliver results – quickly, quietly, and inexpensively. Our products may be used over and over again by every member of your family.’ They have magnetic applications for every joint and muscle, as well as magnetic sleep and seating systems. As we enter a new era in self-managed health care, “soft” medical alternatives are preferred over drugs and surgery. Biomagnetic and electro-medical therapies are among the fastest growing “soft” modalities.

Q Magnets recently wrote a post on how their magnets can help with golf and other injuries and pain. Back pain, rotator cuff injury, tennis/golf elbow and knee pain can bother even the fittest among us and the first sign of trouble is loss of backswing. Loss of rotation maybe pain induced and is a sign your body isn’t as flexible as it used to be. Loss of swing-length affects your club head speed and invariably leads to higher scores.  Q Magnets are one of the best natural pain relief technologies today.

A great book I ordered which explains all about the points with images and diagrams is Acupressure for Beginners: How to Release and Balance Energy Flow available from Amazon and all good book shops.

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Reflexology is an effective holistic therapy for patients with fibromyalgia. Reflexology is becoming recognised as one of the more profound ways to help balance the body. By working on the reflex points on either your hands or your feet a Reflexologist is able to stimulate different organs, glands and musculoskeletal parts of the body. They call it an internal massage.

In reflexology, the top half of your body represents in the top half of your foot and the bottom half of your body is represented in the bottom half of your foot. The left and right sides of your body are represented by your left and right feet. Using reflexology as a treatment for fibromyalgia is supposed to be easier to understand if you know how your body works.

Reflexologists use a specific form of reflexology to deal with nerve pain, for fibromyalgia by reducing the severity of your symptoms. Reflexology is a homeopathic massage technique designed specifically to relieve pain. The earliest evidence of Reflexology comes from China, circa 2700 BCE. William Fitzgerald developed the ‘zone theory’ after finding that he could induce numbness and reduce certain symptoms in the body by simply applying pressure to specific points on the hands and mouth.

Records dating back as far as 2,700BC show that ancient Eastern Chinese Cultures practised massage to heal a number of ailments. Egyptian tombs have also been discovered to have images of figures being massaged. It is also well known that Julius Caesar underwent daily massages to treat nerve pain.

It has been proven to improve circulation and with improved circulation, the overall pain many of us fibromyalgia sufferers have may decrease in intensity with this treatment. It can also help relieve toxins, release muscle tension and benefit your energy flow and balance. It does not work for everyone but many find it beneficial and have a regular treatment of it.

On the palm and wrist there are some 45 reflex points, and on the back of the hand 28 reflex points, that represent a particular organ, region, or function of the body. Since hand reflexology is performed by applying pressure from fingers and thumbs on reflex points on the hands, the practice can provide an easy, cost-effective and safe way to treat ailments. There are a number of online sites that show you how to apply hand reflexology from WikiHow to AOR Hand Reflexology Explorer where you can move the cursor to view the hand reflexology points and what they correspond to.

Pub Med wrote that data collected showed pain intensity scores were reduced by reflexology, and this decrease improved progressively in the first and sixth weeks of the intervention, indicating a cumulative dose effect. The results of the study implied that the inclusion of reflexology in the routine care of patients with fibromyalgia could provide nurses with an effective practice for reducing pain intensity in these patients.

There are also a number of books with images to show you where to press on your hands but before you try it yourself first check with your GP that he thinks this might be suitable for you.