Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofacial Pain
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Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofacial Pain : The Mind-Body Connection

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A guide to coping with fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome - Reveals how to deal with each disorder and how treatments can interact or aggravate if more than one disorder is present - Offers techniques to dispel the side effects created by these illnesses Fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome are often seen as interchangeable conditions, a belief held even by many health care providers. Nothing could be further from the truth--however, they do often coexist. Knowing if more than one of these disorders is present is extremely important because the treatment for one of them can often exacerbate the problems caused by the others. Written by a registered nurse and a psychologist who has been treating these conditions since 1994, this book presents an integrative medical approach to these three disorders with a strong emphasis on utilizing and strengthening the mind-body connection to restore well-being. The authors provide a thorough guide to numerous treatment options--from diet, exercise, and herbs to mindfulness meditation, chi kung, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They also offer techniques to dispel the "brain fog" that these disorders often create and show how to overcome the resultant obstacles to effectively communicating with your doctor. The additional information included on the psychological issues that accompany these chronic pain disorders allows this integrative treatment guide to open the door not only to physical recovery but also emotional and mental well-being.
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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 28mm | 1,202.02g
  • Healing Arts Press
  • Rochester, VT, United States
  • English
  • 1594773238
  • 9781594773235
  • 840,762

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HEALTH / BODYWORK "Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue immunodysfunction, and chronic myofascial pain are the most common illnesses of modern society. I have worked full time in this area since I was trained by Travell and Simons in 1988. This book is not only an easy-to-use self-help book for patients but also an essential reference for any health care practitioner wanting to treat the cause of illness, rather than treat the symptoms. It is totally comprehensive and carries the passion and healing energy of the authors in every page. This is the basis of the medicine of the twenty-first century." --Dr. John Whiteside, MBBS, BSc, Fellow of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine Fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, and chronic fatigue are often seen as interchangeable conditions, a belief held even by many health care providers. Nothing could be further from the truth--however, they do often coexist. Knowing if more than one of these disorders is present is extremely important, because the treatment for one of them can often exacerbate the problems caused by the others. Written by a registered nurse and a psychologist who has been treating these conditions since 1994, this book presents an integrative medical approach to these three disorders with a strong emphasis on utilizing and strengthening the mind-body connection to restore well-being. The authors begin with clear diagnostic guidelines for each condition and reference the latest scientific research on what causes these illnesses. Because many medical practitioners are relatively unfamiliar with these disorders, it can take several medical visits to arrive at a definitive diagnosis. Clear communication with medical personnel is key to diagnostic success. This book provides invaluable advice on how to describe symptoms, document health history, and keep a log of medical appointments. Included are interactive worksheets to facilitate these activities. The authors provide a thorough guide to numerous treatment options--from diet, exercise, and herbs to mindfulness meditation, yoga, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). They also offer techniques to dispel the "brain fog" that these illnesses can create, offer guidance on the psychological issues that accompany these chronic pain disorders, and provide advice on how to build a personal support team. The final chapter gives advice on how to navigate the health care system, including step-by-step instructions for preparing an application to the Social Security Administration for disability benefits. An extensive resource section provides a wealth of contact information for helpful agencies and organizations, good sources for medical supplies, and a wide selection of suggested further reading. In short, this integrative treatment guide will open the door not only to physical recovery but also to emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. CELESTE COOPER, R.N., worked as a nurse and nurse educator for more than 20 years before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome. She is now an advocate for sufferers of these disorders and lives in Missouri and Arizona. JEFFREY MILLER, Ph.D., is a psychologist specializing in chronic illness from a spiritual perspective. He lives in Missouri.
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"Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue immunodysfunction, and chronic myofascial pain are the most common illnesses of modern society. I have worked full time in this area since I was trained by Travell and Simons in 1988. This book is not only an easy-to-use self-help book for patients but also an essential reference for any health care practitioner wanting to treat the cause of illness, rather than treat the symptoms. It is totally comprehensive and carries the passion and healing energy of the authors in every page. This is the basis of the medicine of the twenty-first century."--Dr. John Whiteside, MBBS, BSc, Fellow of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Med
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About Celeste Cooper

Celeste Cooper, R.N., worked as a nurse and nurse educator for more than 20 years before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome. She is now an advocate for sufferers of these disorders and lives in Missouri and Arizona. Jeffrey Miller, Ph.D., is a psychologist specializing in chronic illness from a spiritual perspective. He lives in Missouri.
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