All Posts tagged fibromyalgia

Whole Body Vibration Update

 A 12-week course of low-frequency vibration appears to be safe and feasible for improving dynamic balance in women with fibromyalgia, new research findings suggest.

Narcis Gusi, PhD, with the University of Extremadura in Caceres, Spain,
and colleagues reported their findings in the August 2010 issue of
Arthritis Care & Research.

As most of you know I use the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) for neural and musculoskeletal rehab, but this article discusses whole-body vibration (WBV).  In WBV, a patient stands on a platform that oscillates at a particular frequency and amplitude, causing muscle contractions through stimulation of sensory receptors.

The study included 41 women aged 41 to 65 years who were randomized
either to a control group or to the vibration intervention, which
included a 30-minute session of instruction plus 3 sessions of
self-administered WBV per week for 12 weeks. Each session consisted of 6
repetitions of a 45- to 60-second, 12.5-Hz vibration.

WBV  has been shown to improve body balance and bone mass density (osteoporosis) in women. It may help muscle conditioning, endurance, and pain.

Arthritis Care Res. 2010;62:1072–1078.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia

Question: Do you have vitamin suggestions for chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia?  I was taking doxycycline but my MD doesn’t want me to take any medications for it. 

Answer: The book, “From Fatigue to Fantastic” by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, specifically addresses fibromyalgia and multiple related issues. Levels of brain neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin or norepinephrine are often at lower than normal levels. These are important brain chemicals that help modulate your experience of pain and help to deepen sleep and improve just the quality of your mood and energy. You can improve your neurotransmitter balance with amino acids like 5-Hydroxy Tryptophan and L- Theanine, EPA-DHA, Tyrosine, vitamin B6Lumina is a supplement by Metagenics that modulates metabolism of dopamine, GABA & norepinephrine; Symphora is a supplement by Metagenics that promotes a positive mood and mental well-being by beneficially modulating cerebral metabolism of cortisol.,

Hormonal issues are very important. Not enough DHEA, or testosterone in both men and women, and in women the levels of progesterone and estrogen affect this. Levels of magnesium are very important but it’s hard to get magnesium glycinate by taking it in oral form. Sometimes alternative MD’s use an intravenous treatment called a Myers’ cocktail in fibromyalgia patients to  significantly boost magnesium and help reduce muscle tightness and muscle aching that may happen when the muscles get tired and need help to  properly relax.

Other supplements that I recommend are Fibroplex Plus by Metagenics. this product really helps muscle tenderness, energy metabolism and neuromuscular function. Other helpful supplements  are COQ10 and carnitine. Helping people sleep better is important. So reestablishing sleep with either supplements like kava, melatonin, or valerian root is useful. This helps bring about a healing process in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.,
Some patients inexplicably have low levels of B12, and  they may respond to oral B12 or  B12 shots. Always check for low levels of  vitamin D. Vitamin D is a  very important part of the pain picture in fibromyalgia because when you have low levels of vitamin D, your bones demineralize and they actually may ache.
People say, “I’ve got that deep achy feeling in my bones.” That may really be what’s happening — the bones are aching due to demineralization with inadequate levels of vitamin D. So using vitamin D as a pain medication can be helpful if we find the vitamin D levels low. You can see that there is a whole checklist of issues that can make a difference for FMS & chronic fatigue.

The warm laser has been one of the best treatments I have seen for fibromyalgia. The deep heat really seems to help aching joints and muscles. please read my posts on the warm laser.

Do some research on your own and you may seek guidance from a nutritionally-oriented chiropractor or health care practitioner who can guide you through a protocol of proper support for this condition.,


Laser Therapy May Improve Outcomes in Fibromyalgia

June 8, 2010 (Baltimore, Maryland) — New data presented at the American College of Sports Medicine 57th Annual Meeting suggest that the application of class 4 infrared light lasers to fibromyalgia trigger points improves upper body flexibility. This finding is important because fibromyalgia is often difficult to treat with pharmacologic agents, and patients seek alternative regimens to ease their discomfort.

39 women (52 ± 11 years of age) were randomly assigned to receive 8 minutes of laser therapy or sham heat therapy twice per week for 4 weeks. Treatment consisted of the application of laser therapy or sham heat therapy to 8 standardized points located across the neck, shoulders, and low back.

The impact of laser therapy on upper body flexibility in patients treated with laser therapy was significant, compared with those treated with sham heat therapy. However, there was no improvement in functionality or pain score between the 2 groups. There was an increase in the amount of time between bouts of severe pain in laser-treated patients, compared with sham-treated patients.