MORE TROUBLE IN THE LAND OF THE TRIGGER POINT

Introduction Some clinicians have suggested that myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) might be responsible for the widespread pain that characterises fibromyalgia [2,4], thus conflating two controversial constructs, one of which has been refuted [5,6]. Because the nature of the trigger point (TrP) has been a controversial issue for many years, notwithstanding its refutation, any attempt to …

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Why “Centralized” Is Unacceptable As A Descriptor For The Pain Of Fibromyalgia

Why “Centralized” Is Unacceptable As A Descriptor For The Pain Of Fibromyalgia The search is on for a third pain descriptor for chronic pain that is more appropriate for the large group of people whose pain is not associated with tissue damage (i.e. “nociceptive pain”) or with demonstrable nerve damage (i.e. “neuropathic pain”). A recent …

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FIBROMYALGIA AND THE SARNO CONNECTION

Have you struggled with chronic pain or another medically unexplained symptom for a long time? Have you tried everything to alleviate your pain, but nothing worked? Have you had doctors tell you they “just can’t find anything wrong?” Then you may have Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS). TMS is a condition that causes real physical symptoms …

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LA DOULOU (Provençal word for pain)

Many patients with fibromyalgia are desperately seeking out non-drug measures to relieve their pain and improve their quality of life. This article was inspired by the struggles of one of France’s most eminent 19th century writers against his unfortunate predicament. His eloquent words will resonate with all who suffer chronic pain. — John Quintner LA …

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Some Discussions on Pain, Clinician and Patients …

CLINICIAN DISCOURSE WITH PERSISTENT PAIN SUFFERERS Horst Ruthrof, FICI, FAHA, is Emeritus Professor in English and Philosophy at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. Annotations by John Quintner & Melanie Galbraith These notes were prepared by Emeritus Professor Horst Ruthrof following a conversation (over wine) with John Quintner, retired rheumatologist, and Melanie Galbraith, physiotherapist, that took …

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VISCERAL MANIPULATION: THE REDISCOVERY OF GLÉNARD’S DISEASE?

What is visceral manipulation? Over the last three decades, French osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral has pioneered the practice of “visceral manipulation” as a distinct branch of osteopathy. According to Barral’s estimates: “In a single day, your internal organs move 30,000 times” and “Your liver alone travels 600 meters. But when one organ cannot move in harmony …

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Fibromyalgia Meets Craniosacral Therapy

Fibromyalgia The current criteria for making the diagnosis of fibromyalgia are based upon the scoring obtained from two subjective measures, the Widespread Pain Index and the Symptom Severity Scale, the results of which are then combined [Wolfe et al, 2010]. Fibromyalgia is therefore neither a distinct syndrome nor a specific disease, which is now being …

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Could Fibrositis be Making a Comeback?

Introduction As I perused the abstracts for the upcoming 4th International Fascial Research Congress (September 2015), I came upon one that made me stop and think. It related to a half-day post-conference workshop by Kirstie Segarra – Managing Fascial Health for Individuals in Fibromyalgia: To demonstrate clearly that managing widespread pain must include treatment of …

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