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NFA – TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIBROMYALGIA FATIGUE…

The National Fibromyalgia Association have been serving the needs of the fibromyalgia (FM) community for over two decades and to be taking the next steps in order to help improve the quality of life for millions of people living with this life altering disorder.

The founder lived with FM for over 30 years, and has dedicated her life and career to bringing improved awareness, a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the causes of this disorder, and working to provide information and support to the entire FM community.

Unfortunately, the message that people with fibromyalgia continue to receive is that, “FM is a chronic pain condition that is little understood, and there is almost nothing that can be done to help relieve the symptoms of this illness.” They hope if you get nothing else from visiting the NFA’s web site, you will know this statement is absolutely NOT true!

So, they want you to tell them about your fatigue.

Dr. Anna Kratz, an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, conducts clinical research to assess, characterize, and treat chronic symptoms such as pain, cognitive dysfunction, and fatigue that interfere with functional ability and quality of life across multiple clinical populations. Dr. Kratz has developed a study to better understand the nature of fatigue in fibromyalgia. The information you provide in the linked survey will help inform us about how best to measure fatigue, understand the real-life consequences of fatigue, and find ways to address fatigue in people with fibromyalgia.
Who

  • People who are at least 18 years old and diagnosed with fibromyalgia 

What to expect:

  • You will fill out an online survey, answering questions about your fatigue and other related symptoms. The survey will take approximately 30-40 minutes to fill out.

Why?

  •  People who complete the survey can enter a raffle to 
FREE membership to the NFA

win a $100 Visa gift card (20 gift cards will be given out)!To learn more and participate in the study, click on the link below. Take The Survey

You can join National Fibromyalgia Association for FREE, for a limited time and as a member you will receive…

  • A monthly Newsletter, “NFA’s – Inspire” providing you with news, upcoming events, ways you can participate in FM research, and other free offerings!
  • An NFA Membership Card
  • The opportunity to share your story!
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KINESIOLOGY – A TREATMENT TO AID MUSCLES FUNCTION PROPERLY…

Kinesiology is a treatment which concentrates on getting your muscles to function correctly. It is believed that each muscles is connected to a specific part of your body. The word ‘Kinesiology’ is derived from the Greek word ‘kinesis’, which means ‘motion’. It originated in 1964 and was developed by an American chiropractor called George Goodheart. He found that when he was treating patients for severe pain in the leg, that by massaging a particular muscle the pain seemed to ease. However this did not seem to work on all muscles.


An osteopath in the 1900’s a Dr. Chapman pointed out that there were certain ‘pressure points’ in the body which were connected to your muscles, and if these were massaged correctly the lymph would be able to flow freely throughout the body.


In the 1930’s it was also claimed that there were similar pressure points which were on the skull which, by putting a light pressure on them, the flow of blood to their related organs would be assisted.


A Kinesiologist will examine a patient and try to discover whether they are lacking in energy as well as any other problems which could relate to their symptoms. If they find blockages then they can treat the disorder by stimulating the flow of lymph and blood my massaging the pressure points.


Nowadays there are a number of therapies (acupuncture, osteopathy, myofascial release massage) that use pressure points to ease pain in the muscles. Kinesiology is gaining momentum and I could find a number of therapists in my area but I have not tried this personally.


After treatment by massage of the pressure points the patient would experience some tenderness for a couple of days as the toxins in the tissue dissipate gradually. However, there should be an overall feeling of an improvement in your health and in particular the areas that were treated.

The Kinesiology Federation say it is a A bespoke treatment that’s as unique as you are.

As any qualified Kinesiology Federation member would tell you there is no such thing as a “typical” kinesiology session. The content of each session depends on the client’s needs at that time. Everyone is different. For example, even the same client may have different needs after an argument with her boyfriend than when she has over indulged food wise for a few days.

By treating each client as the unique individual they are, Kinesiology Federation members are better able to help you, the client, achieve a sense of health and wellbeing. Using a range of techniques the kinesiologist can then guide you to understand what kind of changes would best support your physical, emotional and mental health. This means that kinesiology can be seen as the therapeutic equivalent of buying couture clothes.”

And kinesiology is not just for people who are feeling below par. It can help you perform better at work, in sport and in other areas of your life by working with a kinesiologist to identify what factors in your life you could do with more (or less) of.

There is a very good infographic on Pinterest on the do’s and dont’s of using Kinesio Tape. Kinesio Tape are strips of bright coloured tape on arms, legs and torsos. Some athletes believe it has therapeutic effects. The tape was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970’s. A U.K. website for this tape says it can help reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance, and help rehabilitation as well as supporting the muscles.