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Fibromyalgia and its management by cupping therapy


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Cupping therapy is especially beneficial for people suffering from fibromyalgia. If you have fibromyalgia, you know how tender your muscles and joints are. Even a vigorous massage can send your body into spasm. Cupping, however, is a non-irritating type of treatment. It will not exacerbate your muscle pain in anyway, or compound any of your fibromyalgia symptoms...

Fibromyalgia and its management by cupping therapy

  1. 1. Dr Izharul HasanGovt of NCT,A & U Tibbia College, Karol BaghNew Delhi 05Email: drizharnium@gmail.comFibromyalgia and its managementby cupping therapy
  2. 2. FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is not well understood by the medicalcommunity. It is known, though, that certainpeople are more at risk of developingfibromyalgia than others. The symptoms offibromyalgia can include everything fromwidespread pain to fatigue; menstrual pain tosleep disturbances. Because of the variety offibromyalgia symptoms, there are a number ofassociated conditions linked to fibromyalgia.
  3. 3. Fibromyalgia is a disorder of unknown etiologycharacterized by widespread pain, abnormal painprocessing, sleep disturbance, fatigue and oftenpsychological distress. People with fibromyalgia may alsohave other symptoms; such as: Morning stiffness Tingling or numbness in hands and feet Headaches, including migraines Irritable bowel syndrome Sleep disturbances Cognitive problems with thinking and memory(sometimes called "fibro fog") Problems with thinking and memory Painful menstrual periods and other pain syndromes
  4. 4. The prevalence of fibromyalgia is about2%, affecting an estimated 5.0 million adults in2005. Prevalence was much higher amongwomen than men (3.4% versus 0.5%). Takenreference from www.cdc.govt/arthritis access ondated 27 may 2013.
  5. 5. Diagnosis and TestCurrently there are no laboratory tests available fordiagnosing fibromyalgia. Doctors must rely onpatient histories, self-reported symptoms, aphysical examination and an accurate manualtender point examination. This exam is based onthe standardized American College ofRheumatology (ACR) criteria. Properimplementation of the exam determines thepresence of multiple tender points atcharacteristic locations.
  6. 6. To meet the fibromyalgia criteria for diagnosis, patients musthave:A. Widespread pain in all four quadrants of thebody for a minimum of three monthsB. At least 11 of the 18 specified tender pointsThe 18 sites used for the fibromyalgia diagnosiscluster around the neck, shoulder, chest, hip,knee, and elbow regions. The finger pressure thatyour doctor must apply to these areas during anexam is just enough to cause the nail bed toblanch or become white.
  7. 7. Alternative Treatment:Alternative therapies are becoming more and morepopular for fibromyalgia sufferers. Why? Becausethey work. And the good news is that most of thealternative therapies don’t come along with thenasty side effects that a lot of the conventionalmedications do. But it is important that doresearch as there are a lot of alternative therapiesout there as well. So, let’s take a look at whatneed to know about cupping therapy so know if itis a viable option.
  8. 8. A study conducted by Cao H, Hu H, ColagiuriB, Liu J. (Center for Evidence-Based ChineseMedicine, Beijing University of ChineseMedicine, Beijing, China) entitled as Medicinalcupping therapy in 30 patients with fibromyalgia:a case series observation concluded thatMedicinal cupping therapy was associated with areduction in fibromyalgia symptoms for both painratings and number of tender points.
  9. 9. what is cupping therapy?Cupping therapy involves applying glasscups, hence the name, to the skin in order to helpyour body rid itself of toxins, pain, and increasecirculation. I know this sounds a little weird for usto grasp but so did acupuncture when it was firstintroduced to the West. With cupping each glassis placed on various spots on body and acts as avacuum through heat and are left on body forabout 15 minutes.
  10. 10. How do Cupping?
  11. 11. After cupping?
  12. 12. Fire Cupping
  13. 13. The Benefits of Cupping Whether or not are suffering from symptoms ofpain or muscle stiffness, cupping is a greattherapy. It provides numerous benefits including: improved circulation and blood flow toxin release faster healing of muscles, ligaments, and tendons It also works to reduce pain and soften stiffmuscles and tissues.
  14. 14. Cupping Therapy for FibromyalgiaCupping therapy is especially beneficial for peoplesuffering from fibromyalgia. If anyone sufferingfibromyalgia, he know how tender his musclesand joints are. Even a vigorous massage cansend his body into spasm. Cupping, however, is anon-irritating type of treatment. It will notexacerbate muscle pain in anyway, or compoundany of fibromyalgia symptoms.
  15. 15. It is especially good for: reducing trigger points increasing muscle flexibility and range of motion decreasing anxiety and depression
  16. 16.  Cupping is a safe treatment for fibromyalgia when itis done by someone who is qualified. Never try thisby yourself at home. Find a qualified massagetherapist or visit a holistic treatment center. Cuppingcan provide great benefits to you and help in youroverall healing of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. If you are suffering from chronic pain from a varietyof sources, this form of cupping may be thealternative treatment that your body requires in orderto regain balance.
  17. 17. Contra-indications For Cupping cupping therapy is not ideal for everyone, or forevery situation. It should not be done on the backor abdomen of a woman who is pregnant, or onanyone who has a skin allergy or an ulceratedsore. "At Last ... The Proven Natural TreatmentThousands have used to Instantly Stop the Painand Fatigue and other Debilitating Symptoms ofFibromyalgia”
  18. 18. Thank you……