A Myofascial Approach to Fibromyalgia – Practical

This is a morning workshop led by Amanda Oswald

Fibromyalgia is a chronic generalised pain condition characterised by diffuse pain with no particular point of origin. The causes of fibromyalgia are unclear although research suggests there may be connections with viral infections, immune problems and/or a genetic disposition. Some sources suggest there are two types of fibromyalgia: primary fibromyalgia which has uncertain origins, and post-traumatic fibromyalgia which is thought to develop after a fall, whiplash, or back strain. Pain symptoms are generally accompanied by stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and poor quality sleep.

Medical treatment of fibromyalgia is varied and based on an assumption that the condition is incurable. Treatment can include ongoing medication, talk therapies such as CBT, and attendance at pain clinics to learn how to live with the condition.

In this workshop we will explore how a myofascial approach can help clients who have fibromyalgia including:

  • Special considerations when working with people who have fibromyalgia;
  • Gentle hands-on techniques to help alleviate both pain and associated anxiety;
  • Simple self-care techniques to teach your clients so they can help themselves at home.

Our interactive workshop is open to all qualified therapists. Please wear comfortable clothing and come along prepared to treat and be treated. We will provide a handout on the day.

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