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Fibromyalgia: How Can Movement Therapy Help?

Michelle Turner explains how movement therapy can help a woman with fibromyalgia.

Michelle:
With fibromyalgia one of the things that happens is just the pain radiates through the system. So a person doesn’t even know where they really hurt anymore and where they don’t hurt.

And just even the fear of being touched really can be very overwhelming to a person’s brain, central nervous system. And that’s not just by being touched by a healthcare practitioner, but even a spouse or your children and you don’t want to be hurt. So you become very protective, don’t like to go out as much.

What I do with movement it’s so gentle, it’s so, I touch with the system. It’s not invasive. I don’t force a shoulder to go where it can’t go.

I look to see that shoulder and I will slowly just touch it and work it and work with the person’s system to start showing the brain, oh I can do this, it won’t hurt. Oh I can do this, it won’t hurt. Oh this, and it doesn’t hurt, wow.

And the relief that can come by alleviating the pain or even if the pain doesn’t get alleviated realizing it that, oh my pain is really only in my hip right now. It’s not through my whole system.

Again, frees up the brain in such a way that they can start moving on and accomplish things in their life that maybe they put off for a while because they just haven’t felt well.

About Michelle M. Turner:
Michelle M. Turner is a Movement Specialist and Educator. She works with her patient’s skeletal system and central nervous system creating new movement and specializes in the Anat Baniel Method. The Anat Baniel Method has been proven to decrease pain, increase mobility and improve cognitive functions and communication skills. Michelle earned her BFA from Syracuse University in New York.

Visit Michelle at Movement Lesson

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