It’s not all in your head! It’s in your hands!
Before you get too excited, that is just what the latest study on what causes fibromyalgia states. Ever notice that there’s a new study released almost every few months? And that none of them point in the same direction?
A 2011 report in Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology named fibromyalgia as the second-leading cause of visits to the rheumatologist. With no agreed-upon cause and certainly no cure, over six million people in North America are diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome!
And yet, fibromyalgia can take years to diagnose. It’s tough to label, because the symptoms – sleep problems, headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, trouble concentrating – can all be attributed to other maladies as well.
If you work with clients living with fibromyalgia, you may wish to read Jackie Anderson’s case study offering reflexology to a 68-year-old woman suffering from fibromyalgia for several years. Jackie is a registered nurse, Harvard graduate in mind/body healing and certified reflexologist from the Academy of Ancient Reflexology’s 2008 summer Therapeutic Hand & Foot Reflexology Professional Certification program.
In this study, Jackie’s study begins with the subject’s increase in symptoms from the first few sessions, leading ultimately to some surprising results. You can read the full study here.
Or you could just jump to the chase and offer hand reflexology, if what the latest study says is true!!