Submitted by Dr. Dana Gleeson
Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder characterized by chronic achy muscular pain that has no obvious physical cause. The most distinctive feature of fibromyalgia is the existence of certain “tender or trigger points”; eighteen specific spots where the muscles are abnormally tender to the touch. The eighteen points tend to cluster in the base of the skull, neck, shoulders, upper back, chest, knees, elbows, hips and pelvis. Most people describe the pain as being burning, throbbing stabbing, shooting or constant (like a toothache). This pain leads to the chronic stiffness and decreased range of motion in the affected muscle groups.
Fibromyalgia may be accompanied by chronic headaches, extreme fatigue, memory loss, jaw pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome and strange sensations in the skin. Other more severe symptoms often involved with this disease include premenstrual syndrome, anxiety, heart palpitations, irritable bladder, dizziness, dry eyes and mouth, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome and impaired coordination. Depression is a major factor that accompanies this disorder, and the stress from this has been known to trigger the formation of problems similar to those associated with cardiovascular disease and adrenal gland dysfunction. The immune system can become compromised with fibromyalgia, which can lead to chronic bacterial and viral infections.
To date, over 6 million people are known to be suffering from Fibromyalgia in the United States alone. The symptoms come on gradually and slowly increase in intensity. The pain can be intensified with overexertion, stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, grief or trauma. Daily life can be severely impaired due to the chronic pain of this disease. Movements such as lifting, walking or climbing stairs can be very difficult and a large number of people are totally disabled by this condition.
The cause of Fibromyalgia is not known but research evidence has come up with possible links including immune system dysfunction, brain chemical dysfunction, infection with the Epstein-Barr virus, anemia, chronic mercury poisoning, hypoglycemia, chronic yeast, and hypothyroidism.
Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) stimulates a full body detox. This process causes an increase in overall health, vitality and resistance to disease as the toxins contained in your organs and muscles are swept away. It has been proven incredibly useful for anyone suffering from fibromyalgia. The gentle Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) heat penetrates the body up to two inches opening the pores deeply to create a deep detox sweat.
Immune System Increase
The heat from the Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) causes an increase in body temperature inducing an artificial fever, which in turn stimulates the immune system to wake up and become more active. This helps to lessen the chance of contracting infectious illness in people with fibromyalgia.
As your body heats up from the Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.), the cardiovascular system becomes dilated which causes an increased blood flow to the surface of the body. The heart works harder to pump blood to boost the circulation which mimics a cardiovascular workout. Your heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops. This has been shown to decrease heart palpitations linked to the fibromyalgia.
Relaxation and Stress Relief
This is very important when treating fibromyalgia. Stress is one of the most detrimental factors on our overall health, especially where this disease is concerned. Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (F.I.R.S.T.) heat is a gentle, healing heat that allows you to relax and unwind.
Because the Far Infrared wavelength penetrates the body up to two inches, it is works to break up and help heal the trigger points in the muscle groups associated with fibromyalgia. The heat produced dilates the blood vessels travelling to the muscles which then carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to the aching muscle groups. The HYBRID FAR INFRARED MASSAGE BED has two sets of heated jade rollers that travel up and down your spine to break up the spinal and muscle adhesions from the base of the skull to the tip of the pelvis. Much of the stiffness, pain and decreased range of motion is improved.
I have two actively running Hybrid Beds in my clinic, where every day my fibromyalgia patients experience amazing relief from their symptoms.