Recent research published in the Journal of bodywork and movement therapies suggests that fascia -- the body's network of connective tissues -- may lead to the central sensitization that's a key component of fibromyalgia.
Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University propose that inadequate growth hormone and dysfunction of the stress-response system (HPA axis) may lead to inflammation of the fascia. The inflammation may then cause constant bombardment of the brain with pain signals, which can lead to central sensitization. They say that fascial inflammation is likely a dysfunctional healing response.
If their hypothesis is confirmed, researchers say this could lead to treatment recommendations including Rolfing and myofascial release. (Both of these treatments are already used by many people with the condition. While some people say they help, others say they've made symptoms worse.) This research also challenges the common belief that fibromyalgia is not an inflammatory condition.
This research doesn't surprise me. As many of us do, I have myofascial pain syndrome and believe that it contributed to my fibromyalgia. As my myofascial pain has been reduced through acupuncture, my fibromyalgia pain has gone down as well.
Do you believe pain in the fascia lead to your fibromyalgia? Have you been helped by treatments aimed at the connective tissues? Leave a comment below!
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