Have you been told, “It’s all in your head,” and “Your blood work is perfect”?
Do you have difficulty sleeping at night because of the pain?
Do you avoid social or family activities because of fibro pain and fatigue?
Are you tired of not finding long-term relief or not getting any answers?
If you answered, “yes” to any of the above questions, you sound like many of the patients who have found our office after suffering for years with chronic pain of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia affects the entire body, and to make things complicated it affects everyone’s body a little differently. To make things even more complicated, those effects can change on a daily basis. Sometimes you’re plagued with widespread muscle pain and fatigue, other days it’s a headache and heightened sensitivity to touch. We can help!
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in specific body areas. It affects millions worldwide, and finding effective treatments can be challenging.
It is often accompanied by fatigue, anxiety or depressed mood, headaches, and sensory hyper-responsiveness -- it just hurts EVERYWHERE.
Typically, women between ages of 20-55 years old are most likely affected.
Symptoms reported include:
Widespread muscle aches, pain, and spasms
Low energy/Brain fog
Insomnia or poor sleep
Numbness or tingling in arms or legs
Increased sensitivity to pain
WHAT CAUSES FIBROMYALGIA?
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not fully understood. Some doctors speculate that it could be due to multiple factors such as critical nutrient deficiency, leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, or severe/long term trauma and stress -- most of the time, a singular cause simply can't be tracked down through labs results. Much of the time, "fibromyalgia" is a catch all term that physicians use when they simply do not know what's going on. Our fibromyalgia patients have been poked, prodded and prescribed a plethora of medications with little success, and when your doctor has nothing left to offer except for their condolences, it may be time to seek alternative treatment in acupuncture.
All the pain receptors in our body are controlled and modulated by our nervous system. In a healthy individual, the nervous system secretes just the right amount of neurotransmitters in response to illness or stress -- the result is healthy cellular regeneration, better sleep, healthy blood flow that nourishes surrounding tissue, and a proper parasympathetic tone that promotes a sense of control, calm, and clarity of the mind.
When our nervous system undergoes sustained periods of abuse whether it be environmental toxins, overly processed and unhealthy foods, or chronic stress and trauma, systemic inflammation begins to set in. This inflammation hijacks the body and causes disturbances in the central nervous system and how it processes pain signals.
Treatments involving opioids or other narcotic analgesics usually are not effective because they do not reduce the activity of neurotransmitters in the brain and in fact may even worsen symptoms.
What's more, healthy blood flow is completely interrupted. Imagine the body as a sophisticated system of roads and our blood vessels and nerves as the major highways that branch out into smaller branches of side streets and intersections. In order to get to our destination (muscles, brain, major organs) we need traffic to flow smoothly and just the right amount of cars (beneficial anti-inflammatory cytokines and neurotransmitters) on the road that are in good working condition.
When sickness and injury happens, it's like having multiple major crashes along critical routes -- it completely wrecks the flow of traffic which in turn begins to affect our muscles and organs in the form of dysfunctional pain signalling and damaged blood cells.
Smooth flow of blood is not as simple as it sounds -- because the critical aspect of this smooth flow at the capillary level is the deformability potential of the cells. Red blood cells are, incredibly, twice as wide as the capillaries they need to get down, and to do this they need to hold a specific shape that's able to fold and squash through the capillary. Red cells that can't flex either get stuck or split: bad news. Just like how phlegm is sticky, blood can become sticky too. In the case of fibromyalgia, red blood cells become deformed, sticky, and inflexible; sticky or inflexible red cells becomes stuck, clump together, and refuse to pass through smoothly, they then break and cause inflammation.
Our protocols not only work to modulate the imbalance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems (Yin & Yang) but also increase zeta potential of the red blood cell surface, allowing RBC's to repel off one another and declump.
HOW CAN TREATMENT BENEFIT ME?
At Cucamonga Acupuncture & Wellness, we believe in the power of integrative medicine, personalized plans, and compassionate care to treat the root of the issue, rather than just masking the symptoms. In the case of fibromyalgia, we are able to manage and resolve many of the worst symptoms by regulating the nervous system, promoting healthy blood flow, and improve sleep quality -- fibromyalgia patients more than most need to be able to deep sleep cycle in order to heal faster.
Our goal is for our patients to get their life back, and not have to worry about how much worse it's going to get in the future. Using a refined combination of traditional acupuncture, electroacupuncture, and ATP Resonance BioTherapy© we are able not only to make the future brighter for our patients but also achieve powerful results at a more consistent rate than acupuncture alone.
Along with acupuncture, our clinic is the only clinic you will find within the Inland Empire that implements the use of ATP Resonance BioTherapy©. While acupuncture/electroacupuncture works to break up pain signals, ATP Resonance BioTherapy© is a unique and immensely powerful adjunct frequency specific micro-current therapy that increases the metabolic function of the different parts of the body at a cellular level. To put it simply, we're refining and updating the software that is your body. Just like you update your phone every once in awhile to run more efficiently, we are updating your cells!
Let us be your hope, help you live pain-free, and help you find “you again.”
At Cucamonga Acupuncture & Wellness, what makes us different is our holistic approach to care and finding WHY you developed the pain in the first place, in addition to calming and treating symptoms. Our clinical director and board-certified sole practitioner Jasmine Casupanan, L.Ac has seen and successfully treated numerous fibromyalgia cases over seven years of practice that seemed "hopeless" at the outset.
One of the advantages of our treatment program is the low risk of adverse side effects. Compared to pharmacological treatments, acupuncture is a safe and non-invasive option for individuals suffering from neuropathy.
All of our modalities are safe to use on patients who have surgically installed hardware like pins, plates, artificial joints, stents, pacemakers, pumps, and spinal cord stimulators. It can be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments or as a standalone therapy, depending on the severity and underlying cause of the neuropathy. (Our practitioner of course will better assess risk and approach with caution on a case by case basis.)
At your initial consultation we will develop a comprehensive treatment plan customized for your fibromyalgia symptoms. Your program will be based on the symptoms you’re experiencing and the length of time you’ve had those symptoms.
To schedule a new patient consultation and evaluation simply call our office at 909-808-1406, or CLICK HERE to fill out a contact form and our Care Coordinator will be in touch with you to schedule.