Fibromyalgia is a mysterious and elusive rheumatic disease causing a wide variety of symptoms that vary greatly from patient to patient. Wide-spread, deep, burning pain is perhaps the most frequent symptom. Fibromyalgia pain occurs more commonly in the trunk, low back, hips, and shoulders. It is rare in the hands and feet. Onset is usually gradual and can interfere with even simple daily activities. Fibromyalgia can present with flu-like symptoms such as body aches, fatigue, and digestive changes. Joint and muscle pain may increase at night, waking the patient from sleep as well as morning stiffness and soreness. Symptoms tend to be episodic and can last from days to months or years.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown but is probably multifactorial. Many people associate the development of symptoms with an unusually stressful or traumatic event such as a car crash. It is also thought that a malfunction of how the brain and nervous system process pain may be involved.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
Irritable bowel-like symptoms
Anxiety and Depression
Therapeutic laser has been shown to be a complementary procedure that can provide considerable pain relief and increase the patient’s quality of life. CureSpa offers this service as an effective treatment to help manage the pain and discomfort caused by fibromyalgia.
Photobiomodulation produces changes in the oxidation/reduction status of the mitochondria which lead to dramatic increases in ATP synthesis. Activation of the sodium/potassium pump alters the cell membrane permeability to calcium.
Phototherapy has been shown to affect cellular activity in the following ways:
Stimulates cell growth
Increases cell metabolism
Improves cell regeneration
Invokes an anti-inflammatory response
Promotes fluid in the body reduction
Reduces fibrous tissue formation
Stimulates nerve function
Stimulates long-term production of nitric oxide, helping with pain management
Stimulates the production of endorphins