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Fibromyalgia Can Heal, Part 2

This is the second part.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) sufferers are 3.4 times more likely to suffer from major depression than adults without fibromyalgia.[1] It’s easy to understand why the varied symptoms of FMS were considered psychosomatic. But if there are psychological effects, they are due to the physiology of the body, just as with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) causes psychological consequences.

Regardless of how you want to interpret FMS, to do more than suppress the symptoms, you need to treat the cause: the chronic stress. That means you must release the stress from the body, particularly the fascia of the body. In doing that, you will also need to learn how not to put the stress back into your body. Releasing the chronic stress makes learning that easy. Often it’s just a natural result.

Stress may come from the body being toxic, or from the wrong diet, such as too many simple carbohydrates. Either one can be an irritant to the body, as can a chronic disease such as Lyme’s Disease.

Your body has an amazing ability to recover from acute stress and injury. It loses that ability when under constant stress. Effective therapies for FMS will address how your body habituated to being constantly under stress. These therapies will cause your body to relax on a deep level, allowing the chronic stress to leave, and the immune system and the body’s ability to regenerate to kick in.

Doing cognitive or analytical psychotherapy or taking pain meds does not address the cause. The beauty to healing FMS is you don’t need to understand it. Nor do you need to keep chancing the ever-changing symptoms. You need to reverse what occurred. You take the stress response and the chronic stress stored in your body away, and the body knows what to do to heal.

It can be simple as what we see in our men’s trainings. A man will stand up. We ask him a simple question that helps him be more aware while feeling safe. His body starts to shake. We encourage it. It might tremble. From a few minutes of literally shaking off the deep stress, we see men’s lives change. Your body doesn’t want the stress it stored in your soft tissue. With the right kind of help, it will release it.

Mindfulness, the practice of accepting what is occurring in your body and mind, will release stress and retrain you over time. Bodywork that focuses on chronic tension can be the short course in removing stress. Somatic psychotherapies such as Hakomi and Somatic Experiencing are effective at releasing the stress and healing FMS.

[1] CDC, 2009

Owen Marcus, MA Certified Advanced Rolfer & author,, 37 yrs experience – call if you have questions: 265.8440.

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