Dr. Atil Narayan, DACM, L.Ac.
Atil Narayan, DACM, L.Ac. Acupuncture & Pain Management located in West Covina, CA
Fibromyalgia is a common chronic disorder, but one that’s often misdiagnosed and poorly understood. If you’re living with fibromyalgia, working with a skilled health professionals like Dr. Atil Narayan and his staff at Natural Wonders Healthcare in West Covina, California, is an important part of managing the condition and living your best possible life. To explore treatment options, book an appointment at your earliest convenience by phone.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain with no clear cause. Because fibromyalgia shares symptoms with so many other conditions, it can be challenging to diagnose. That leaves many men and women frustrated as they search for answers and solutions to this painful disorder.
In addition to pain throughout the body, symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Depression or anxiety
- Sleep disruptions
Everyone has a different experience of fibromyalgia, and your symptoms may include a combination any of the above, or entirely different symptoms.
What causes fibromyalgia?
Researchers are still trying to fully understand fibromyalgia, including how it originates and how it affects the body. It’s believed that fibromyalgia occurs when your body’s nervous system becomes overstimulated or responds out of proportion to sensory data.
Certain risk factors increase your chances of fibromyalgia, including:
- Physical or emotional trauma
- High levels of stress
- Genetic predisposition
- Certain infections
As more research is done, additional information about the causes of fibromyalgia could play a role in improving treatment options.
Can acupuncture help treat fibromyalgia?
Dr. Narayan and his staff offer several treatments that can help improve your fibromyalgia symptoms, including acupuncture. To understand how acupuncture works, it helps to think about both the traditional and modern views on the treatment.
Acupuncture is part of the ancient Chinese medical tradition. Practitioners believe that every individual has an essential life force, called qi, that runs throughout the body along established channels, called meridians.
If your qi becomes impeded or blocked, widespread pain and health issues can result. Inserting acupuncture treatment needles into specific regions of the skin and underlying tissues works to release the flow of qi, restoring proper balance throughout the body.
The modern view of acupuncture focuses on the ability of the treatment needles to stimulate your peripheral nervous system, increase circulation, and spark an immediate relaxation of muscle fibers. Dr. Narayan’s advanced training and many years of experience allow him to position the treatment needles in the exact configuration needed to address your specific set of symptoms.
In addition to acupuncture, therapies like cupping, far infrared, and certain herbal medicines can all help you find relief from fibromyalgia symptoms. When you’re ready to explore these natural healing options book a consultation by phone.