autoimmune conditions and fibromyAlgia
PAIN = INFLAMMATION, INFLAMMATION = PAIN
In the presence of pain, you will have inflammation. This inflammation then increases the sensitivity of pain sensory nerves, which sends pain signals to the brain. Depending where you are in the healing cycle, we need to reduce the interpretation and strength of the signal.
New Injury Pain
When body tissue is damaged (think bruises, strained muscles or ligament strains), an acute inflammatory response occurs which sensitizes pain sensory nerves to tell the brain something is going on.
Typically, as the tissue damage heals, the inflammation is reduced and the sensitivity of the pain receptors is decreased so pain goes away.
Longer Lasting Pain
Sometimes pain just seems to show up, you aren’t real sure what happened. This is often that nagging pain in your low back, upper traps or that “golf ball” under your shoulder blade.
Poor movement, postures or chronic inflammation will create muscle guarding, trigger points, inflammation and nerve sensitivity that creates the perception of pain even though the body is not actually in a situation of harm because there is no new injury.
By improving reducing the surrounding inflammation and associated sensitivity through use of manual therapy and integrative dry needling, pain can often be reduced or cleared.
Correction of the altered movement pattern or posture that is related to this increased muscle tone is then essential for long term pain free performance.
Pain is your brain’s interpretation of either real or perceived risk.
In a chronic scenario, greater than 6 months, several other factors of pain perception become important, probably more so than the original injury.
Pain is your brain’s interpretation of perceived risk. In a chronic scenario, the original tissue injury is more than likely healed. In this scenario, doctors have told you that your MRI or X-Ray is normal or that there is nothing wrong with you.
In a chronic scenario, the pain is not actually about the injury anymore. Now the pain is an inappropriate perception of harm from your brain.
Central Sensitization is a concept used to describe the increased sensitization of sensory nerves.
There is evidence that consistent painful input and chronic inflammation can actually cause changes in the nerve resulting in a hypersensitivity of pain signals to the brain under non threatening circumstances.
Now, a normal stimulus like a light touch will trigger a pain response even if you know there is no chance it could actually cause harm through tissue damage.
Education on pain science combined with manual therapy and Integrative Dry Needling to help with inflammatory components and pain perception can be useful and mitigating the effects of chronic pain.
Autoimmune diseases simply causes the immune system to attack normal tissues in the body. While we don’t treat these diseases specifically, we are able to address the mechanical issues caused by the diseases. Since most autoimmune diseases cause some form of inflammation, our main goal is to promote anti-inflammatory cells to help treat the inflammation. Similar to Fibromyalgia, exercise has been proven to decrease pain levels and increase sensorimotor benefits. We want to work with you to help increase your quality of life and your function!
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition of overstimulated nerve endings that can affect mood, sleeping habits, memory, and energy levels. One of the best methods to manage this condition is to exercise! When the body is at rest, the nerve endings fire without actual pain occurring to the body. When the body is moving, it causes a new stimulation to the nerve endings that the muscle is not in pain. We can teach you how to move your body in new ways that do not cause you pain and also teach your nerves how to calm down. If you’re interested in some of these methods, feel free to schedule an appointment or contact us!