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Some fibromyalgia patients are now turning to acupressure to ease some of the symptoms of fibro. Acupressure is an ancient healing technique where physical pressure is put on certain points of the body. This pressure then boosts the blood circulation around the area and encourages the body to release endorphins which then help relieve some of your pain.

Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, pressure is applied with a finger, thumb or device to specific points on the body. Acupressure has been studied and found to be beneficial in people with cancer-related conditions, osteoarthritis pain, fibromyalgia, postoperative pain, and headaches.

I personally do find release with acupressure but unfortunately, find it difficult to reach some of the points to help with the release. However, I do use an acupressure mat which can also work like this (see below).

For best self-acupressure results, apply gentle yet firm pressure from your middle finger as you make tiny circular motions, while you are breathing deeply. This may be done as little as once a day or as much as once every hour. Speak to your GP before you embark on any acupressure on yourself or have your first treatment done by a professional who can then show you where to apply your pressure.

Magnet therapy (aka magnetic therapy) has also been used for centuries to relieve pain through the healing power of magnets. When placed on the skin (as close to the source of pain as possible), magnets not only improve peripheral blood circulation but also reduce inflammation. This can be really helpful in releasing some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

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. You might wear a magnetic bracelet or other magnetized jewellery. It could be a bandage with a magnet in it, or you may wear a magnet as a shoe insole. You could also sleep on a special mattress pad with a magnet in it.

The thought behind magnetic field therapy is that certain problems happen because your magnetic fields are out of balance. If you put a magnetic field near your body, it is 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 their effectiveness of them.

A company that deals 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.

Acupressure mats are another way of pressure reaching the correct points. I have one I used regularly which was sent from EcoYoke Acupressure Mat & Pillow from Yoke Wellness. It was designed on the premise that ‘Self Care us Soul Care’ and is made of 100% biodegradable packaging. It has eco-friendly coconut fibre filling and the mat has 7000 ergonomic spikes for activating tension release and to help you unwind and release any body tension.

It’s a natural, drug-free and holistic self-care package that will not only ease your pain but have you feeling more charged up for the day. They suggest only 10 minutes a day is all it takes which is perfect for me to use when I go for my afternoon rest.

You can stand on it for energising power, sit on it during relaxation ( I am sitting on the pillow right now) or lie on it to feel a full-body release. You will then soon feel the muscle tension melt away and is a great product for headaches, stiff neck, back pain, fibromyalgia and insomnia. So, a real all-rounder.

It comes with a self-explanatory leaflet inside which makes you feel you are a very special person to receive this Eco Yoke Acupressure Mat & Pillow. It explains what to expect when you use your mat and how things change in seconds and then minutes into using it. It does exactly what it says on the leaflet and I was quite shocked when it does give a feeling of warmth after 1-3 minutes. It does say that bare skin is best but I was a bit apprehensive about that I am not saying I won’t try it that way in the future as I can tell this will be well used.

The Pure Calm YokeMat – Eco Acupressure Mat & Pillow Bundle is available from Yoke Wellness

Source: Synergy for Life Yoke Wellness, Web MD

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Does Acupuncture have a place in the theatre? Well, a recent article on the website Philly Voice says that “One new study suggests that giving patients acupuncture during total joint replacement procedures reduces their pain, leading to the need for fewer opioids for postoperative pain.”

The researchers found that 65% of study patients who received acupuncture during total knee replacement surgeries only needed a low dose of opioids – 15 oxycodone pills or less – for postoperative pain or none at all. By comparison, that was true of just 9% of knee replacement patients outside the study. 

Opioid use for pain management during and after surgical procedures is a known driver of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a record 93,000-plus overdose deaths last year — a 29% increase from 2019’s record-breaking death toll. Overdose deaths from opioids rose from 50,963 in 2019 to 69,710 in 2020.

Philadelphia recorded 1,214 overdose deaths in 2020, according to the Department of Public Health. That total, the second-highest in city history, was a 6% increase from 2019. Of the deaths, 86% involved an opioid such as heroin, oxycodone, or fentanyl.

“Total knee replacements are one of the most common operative procedures in the United States and often very painful, so there’s a great need to explore non-opioid pain relief techniques for this type of surgery,” said Dr Stephanie Cheng, an anesthesiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a professor of clinical anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine.

“Acupuncture is extremely safe and can help reduce pain with few unwanted side effects, but it has not been well researched as part of surgical anaesthesia.”

The Medical Express wrote that “Patients who have acupuncture during total knee replacement surgery report less pain and need far fewer opioids to manage their discomfort, according to a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021 annual meeting. Results of the study showed that 65% of patients who received acupuncture during surgery achieved a low-dose or opioid-free postoperative experience, compared to 9% of patients outside of the study.”

2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year, traditional acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practised in the UK today. Yet statistics show that 1 in 5 of us would only consider acupuncture for sleep as a last resort. Almost a quarter of people admit they didn’t realise acupuncture could benefit them despite its widely recognised health benefits. It is also now available on the NHS.

Traditional acupuncture is a natural system of healing that has been practised for over 2,500 years. It is a safe and effective treatment that involves inserting sterile needles, no bigger than human hair, painlessly at specific points on the body.

Also, check out these 8 Benefits of Acupuncture for Pain Relief.

Source: Philly Voice The Medical Express Back Pain Blog

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Many people throughout the world experience lower back pain. Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy may help keep this pain under control. It may also provide other benefits.

Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field therapy, also known as PEMF, is a drug-free, non-invasive, pain-relief alternative treatment, which also promotes accelerated healing for ailments and injuries. In addition, PEMF therapy improves sleep, mental focus, and the body’s overall performance by helping the energy output and regeneration of the body’s cells.

Healthline writes how PEMF therapy works, PEMF therapy works by directing small amounts of energy toward a specific part of your body via a specialized magnetic device. Traditionally, this type of therapy has been used to treat acute and chronic pain. But it may also help reduce inflammation.

It’s thought that PEMF therapy improves circulation and cellular functioning by increasing your body’s ability to release nitric oxide. Nitric oxide release is a common healing mechanism following injuries, and it may help reduce inflammationTrusted Source.

Still, while electromagnetic therapies are promising for pain management, it’s unclear whether they can lead to any long-term improvement trusted Source, and more research is needed to better understand their potential benefits. As such, a doctor may consider PEMF therapy as a complement to other treatment measures for your condition, rather than a standalone treatment option.

PEMF therapy could treat a number of conditions. Since the cellular reaction takes place in everybody, magnetic fields are not condition-specific. As a result, PEMF therapy can be used to assist with the majority of conditions. In fact, clinical studies have demonstrated that PEMFs are capable of:

  • Increasing circulation
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Accelerating bone healing
  • Enhancing muscle function
  • Reducing the effects of stress
  • Improving blood oxygenation, and much more
benefits of pemf therapy

Healthline’s Top Five PEMF

Best for infrared heating: Healthy Wave Pro Multi-Wave 5 Therapy Far Infrared PEMF Mat
Best frequency range: Sentient Element Classic
Best portable: MiraMate Mini Magic Portable PEMF Device
Best for sleep: EarthPulse V5.3 Pro PEMF Therapy Device
Best for targeted pain relief: Omnipemf NeoRhythm

PEMF News Top Five are –

No. 1 FlexPulse

FlexPulse PEMF therapy device
FlexPulse PEMF therapy device

The FlexPulse comes top of our tree, when looking at localised PEMF devices due to a number of reasons, but mainly its multi-functionality and uses.

No. 2 EarthPulse

Earthpulse PEMF therapy device

The EarthPulse is not far behind the FlexPulse in our opinion and actually, a huge benefit over the FlexPulse with this device is the available intensities. The EarthPulse comes in different variants offering one or two applicators as standard. The Pro version has the ability to reach intensities of 1100 Gauss, which is amazing when you consider its size and cost. The only reason this device sits at number two and not one is that it’s just not as portable and easy to use as the FlexPulse.

No. 3 Medicur Pro

Medicur Pro PEMF therapy device
Medicur Pro PEMF therapy device

The reason the low-intensity Mediur Pro makes our top 5 is simple and that’s how I am going to keep this entry… short and sweet…

It’s a well-rounded and proven PEMF device that’s been on the market for a long time and even used in the NHS in the UK healthcare system. It’s so simple and easy to use and comes with a strap to keep it in place.

No. 4 Bellabee

Bellabee PEMF therapy device
Bellabee PEMF therapy device

The Bellabee is a newly released device, but I really feel it needs a mention in this list. It is also different from the other localised devices as its main application is not sleeping or pain, but it has a particular focus on neurological concerns. The device is worn on the back of the head and connected to a smartphone and app. Usually, this overcomplicates PEMF devices and makes them a pain to use quickly, but this device works well with its app, and it is getting some really good feedback in the market.

No.5 ActiPatch

Actipatch PEMF therapy device
Actipatch PEMF therapy device

The ActiPatch just has to be in our top 5, even though it’s one of the most cost-effective PEMF devices on the market. The reason for this is that it’s a great introduction and entry-level to PEMF’s and a way of trying the power of PEMF if you are a skeptic. Saying this, it obviously has its limitations… but as a quick fix to a sore muscle or pain relief device, these can be super effective in most cases.

It is VERY LOW INTENSITY, however, it runs continuously, which is uncommon for a PEMF device. You literally strap it on and forget it’s there. The battery lasts 30 days in worst cases, but I have a drawer full of these at home and they never seem to die! I use them when I have done something whilst training for example and I want to treat in-between my main treatment on a full-body PEMF mat.

Due to their cost and portability of wearing under clothes, these devices are great and they work so well. We have many customers who buy these and end up purchasing bigger systems once they realise the healing power of PEMF’s.

Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of fracture non-unions and for the enhancement of bone formation after lumbar and cervical spine fusion surgery.

PEMF machines should not be used by anyone who has a pacemaker or any other kind of electrical implant. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy, or if a person has experienced seizures in the last 5 years. Always check with your GP first before using any type of PEMF treatment.

Source: Medical News Today Acupuncture Integrated Medicine Centre PEMF News Back Pain Blog Health Disclaimer