The Fibromyalgia Clinic
Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a chronic pain and fatigue condition that affects 1 out of 25 people. Women are mainly affected but also men too. The most common age group is 30 to 50 years old but it can still affect younger and older people as well.
- ‘Brain Fog’
- Chronic Fatigue
It is a subject that I chose for a dissertation. The question my paper was based on; “Can Acupuncture Help Fibromyalgia Pain”. The answer is yes it can help. Papers from my dissertation have shown that although it helped the pain and other symptoms it was also something that needed to be continued once they were feeling better, maintenance was key. Therefore, I have collated all the information from the papers I studied and put into place a 12 week plan, which includes weekly treatments with free post care and naturopathic advice. Anyone is welcome, it doesn’t matter what stage you are at as long as you have been diagnosed with FMS.
As well as acupuncture I also use Fascial Manipulation Therapy (please see page for more information). This is now a separate treatment for the 12 weeks and this is determined during your consultation if this is the right treatment for you or not. Please keep reading for more details.
I understand that having treatment can be quite costly. Therefore, I have made allowances for 5 people at a time to have either acupuncture or fascial manipulation treatment for a discounted price on the 12- week programme.
Here are more details:
Your first appointment will be a consultation for 75 mins and then if time allows a treatment. You will then start a weekly programme for 12 weeks. Each follow up session will last 45 mins. The consultation price is £40 and each follow up is £25. Please go to acupuncture page for more details on treatment.
Fascial Manipulation Therapy:
Your first appointment will be a consultation and then if time allows a treatment. This is a different treatment to acupuncture and therefore some patients will be asked to come in twice a week for a while. This cannot be determined until we meet and won’t be for everyone. This won’t be for the full 12 weeks but for possibly the first 4 or 6. The price will still be the same. For each session you pay £25 and the consultation price is £40. Please go to fascial manipulation therapy page for more details on treatment.
5 spaces only:
It’s a discounted price which means there is a limit on how many I can treat. I have allocated 5 spaces in total for either acupuncture of fascial manipulation therapy on the 12- week programme. Once completed prices will change, therefore allowing someone else to start. It doesn’t mean you can’t make an appointment to see me if all spaces have gone. If you are happy to pay the full price (see price page) that’s fine. I am also affiliated with the BAcC which means there are some insurance companies that will pay for this acupuncture treatment.
After 12 weeks:
Once the 12 weeks have finished, you may still need to continue your treatment but possibly not every week. It is recommended that if this is the case you come every other week and then gradually reduce to once a month. The exception with Chronic Fibromyalgia which will take a bit longer to help.
I am very passionate about this subject because my sister had this condition around 20 years ago and back then FMS was hardly recognised let alone treatment for it. As said previously FMS is becoming more and more recognised but now we are in such an amazing position to have options of naturally helping the body heal. Rather than “putting up with it”, there are things you can try. I am really pleased to say that the clinic has had some amazing results and if this helps someone have a better way of life then I am very pleased to have been being part of their journey.
The next page gives you two testimonials from patients receiving both acupuncture and fascial manipulation therapy.
Below is a video that was broadcast live with one of my patients discussing Fibromaylgia and the 12 week program.
Posted by Fitness Therapy 4 You on Monday, 26 February 2018
My name is Nadine and I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2014. Sara was recommended to me by a friend in November 2017 at the time I was struggling with Pain all over my body, my hands and feet were regularly swollen, sleeping was a real battle as I never woke up feeling refreshed and sometimes was living on 3hrs or less sleep per night. As a mother of 3 boys this wasn’t good at all. When I started my treatment with Sara, I was so desperate to feel even 10% better as through my fibromyalgia I had begun having anxiety attacks, became really depressed and life was looking like a never ending disaster.
From my first treatment I felt different I could feel an energy shift and as the weeks progressed my life changed:
1. I was sleeping better.
2. I was managing my anxiety.
3. My energy increased by 75%
4. I changed my eating habits (still a work in progress)
5. No swollen hands or feet
6. Better circulation within my body.
7. Feeling more optimistic about myself and life.
8. Became more educated about fibromyalgia.
9. Better quality of life with my family.
10. Acceptance of my fibromyalgia.
The journey is not easy, but Sara is so supportive and inspiring I have followed every bit of guidance and advice she has given me because I trust her and Acupuncture works alongside the additional information Sara provides.
Even if you are scared of needles which I was… I would recommend Sara and Acupuncture to people living with Fibromyalgia because it can help create harmony in your life.
I’ve had fibromyalgia for 20 years, initially brought on by a fall at school aged 13.
Over the years, the symptoms have worsened. The pain has become widespread and increasingly debilitating and there have been many other symptoms that have come on such as frequent faints, nausea and vomiting, migraines, increasing brain fog (memory loss, poor concentration etc.) balance and coordination issues, digestion problems etc.
Over the past three years, I’ve been largely housebound and in the last year, bedbound for long spells of time.
I’m always on a mission to find something that might ease things a bit and have tried numerous treatments over the years with limited success, the best being occasional short-term relief for a few hours or so.
I came across Fitness Therapy 4 You on a Redbridge website and thought I’d give fascial manipulation therapy a go. It’s been the single most transformational process I’ve ever been through.
Firstly, Sara sat down with me in the first session and went right back through the symptoms, including illnesses that predated fibromyalgia as far back as early childhood. This in itself was a huge relief. It was the first time ever that anyone had gone to that much trouble and was incredibly insightful at looking at underlying issues and patterns.
The next thing I noticed was Sara’s incredible ability to make connections between the issues discussed and symptoms that are presenting. It’s the first time I’ve really felt listened to and completely understood and that in itself was something special, but that was just the beginning.
After only 5 sessions I am noticing huge improvements. For the first time in 20 years, I can feel I’m beginning to heal and I’ve been given the gift of feeling like I’m back in my own body again.
A big problem for me at the start of the sessions was I had recently developed tics and shocks in various parts of my body when the pressure would build up. Within 2 sessions, they had gone from frequent (constant some days) and severe to occasional and significantly milder. To me, it feels like an absolute miracle.
I look forward to the sessions each week, and each week can feel my body come back to life more and more. It’s made me far more hopeful about my condition and the future.
Sometimes, chronic conditions can feel too complex to address with one treatment but fascial manipulation therapy has totally changed that as it works holistically with all the systems in your body. It’s really fascinating and incredible work. The sessions have already eradicated some symptoms altogether and are improving others significantly.
Sara’s huge amount of knowledge in this area and wider therapies is matched by her warmth, humour, positivity and genuine interest in each individual’s progress. I’m so grateful to have found her and I urge you to do the same.
I’ve also been surprised to hear the breadth of conditions that fascial manipulation is successful in treating. I’d encourage anyone with underlying or ongoing health issues to give this a go. It’s incredibly powerful and really works with your body to kickstart its own healing potential. I’m over the moon to have found this and would recommend it highly. It’s been an absolute game changer!