It’s estimated that 4 million to 10 million Americans have fibromyalgia and, if you’re one of them, you already know the life-changing pain and fatigue that accompanies the disease. At Firshein Center, located in New York’s Upper East Side, we understand that fibromyalgia is a complex condition that impacts how you feel, how you think, and how you function.
We also know that it’s shrouded in misunderstandings and misdiagnoses, often leading to treatment failures on top of the depression and mood disturbances that often spawn along with the disease. This is why we take an integrative and holistic approach to treating fibromyalgia and to helping you find an effective solution that offers long-lasting results.
While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, you can reduce your pain and manage your symptoms. By combining different approaches and improving your overall health and wellness, you can bring back a sense of normalcy to your life.
To help you get back on your feet, we have six paths to relieving your symptoms and getting you back to doing the things you love.
Perhaps one of the most beneficial treatments for fibromyalgia, exercise helps reduce your pain and fatigue, while improving your sleep and lowering your stress levels. Opt for low-impact cardio exercises and combine them with strength training.
We often recommend things like biking, walking, yoga, and body weight movements. Be sure to start slowly and take breaks when necessary. Be patient, stick with it, and soon, you’ll be feeling the positive effects.
2. Trigger point therapy
During trigger point therapy, we administer medications directly into specific areas where muscles and other tissues become tight and constrained. Using lidocaine, anti-inflammatory medications, or a technique called dry needling, we relieve your pain and discomfort.
Trigger point therapy is often accompanied with acupuncture and can give you lasting effects.
4. Medical acupuncture
A UCLA-trained medical acupuncturist, Dr. Firshein places thin needles in strategic places throughout your body. By opening energy channels and releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, acupuncture can offer an effective contribution in a pain management program and help reduce your fatigue.
It’s estimated that about 30% of those with fibromyalgia also suffer from depression and anxiety, which doesn’t make it any easier to get out of bed when you’re already exhausted and in pain. While therapy can’t necessarily take away the pain in your body, it can help you heal from the emotional pain of how the disease has impacted your life and what it’s taken from you.
6. Nutritional changes
A nutritional deficiency takes a toll on your overall health and wellness, especially with such a multiple-symptom condition like fibromyalgia. With our comprehensive nutritional counseling, backed by nutraceutical and IV therapy, we ensure your body has everything it needs, reducing your fibromyalgia symptoms, including things like depression and anxiety.
7. Osteopathic manipulation
Through osteopathic manipulation, we restore energy pathways throughout your body, normalizing imbalances and promoting blood flow and circulation. With our hands-on approach, we relieve pain in joints and soft tissue, improving function and mobility while reducing stiffness and pain.
When you’re ready to find a solution to the pain and fatigue caused by fibromyalgia, take an integrated approach by focusing on whole-body wellness and managing your symptoms in the most holistic way possible.