Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.)

Multiple Sclerosis

The complementary therapist taking an Eastern view of this disease may distinguish multiple causes each of which may require differing approaches to treatment. Therefore treatment programmes are individually tailored according to the particular set of symptoms presented by the client.

Clients should note that researchers have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support the use of complementary therapies in treatment, however there has been recent studies which show some promise of beneficial effects.

Client anecdotal accounts have been more enthusiastic, detailing perceived improvements in coordination, spasicity, bladder control and relief of fatigue and pain.

On a non-physical level people have noted improvement in feelings of well-being, calmness, reduction in anxiety / stress, lifting of depression.

As in all therapies, treatment is always complementary to your doctor’s diagnosis and treatment plan and is not to be regarded as a substitute for conventional treatment.

Generally, there is a recognised pattern of progression through several stages in the evolution of this disease which affects some 2.3 million people world-wide and is regarded by doctors as a disease of the autoimmune system where the myelin sheath of the central nervous system is destroyed causing progressive loss of function.

There can be spontaneous remission of symptoms of varying duration.

Often the first symptoms are visual disturbances and/or muscular weakness which may develop into tremors, tingling legs, cramps, pain, and loss of coordination.

It is essential that treatments should begin as soon as possible after a doctor has made a diagnosis.

Treatments which clients have found useful include – Reflexology, ear acupuncture, acupressure, Korean Hand Therapy often with several different modalities in combination for best effect.

This is a disease process that responds to daily treatments so clients and carers can be taught simple programmes of acupressure and other therapies which may be safely practised at home between treatments from the therapist.

Acupressure

Acupressure! Acupressure uses finger pressure to stimulate or sedate energy flow in our bodies. Think of acupressure as acupuncture but without the needles. The advantage of this system of healing is that after instruction and a supervised session with your therapist it is a safe and non invasive therapy (always remember to follow your therapists advise on any contra indications discussed) to use on yourself at home and becomes an excellent method to help maintain progress between sessions with your therapist. Acupressure can be effective in helping to relieve a range of conditions, for example, headache, stress and tension, neck and back pain,, sinus problems, constipation, indigestion, menstrual pains and cramps, anxiety, self help for insomnia.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.)

Myalgic encephalomyelitis also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, affects an estimated 250,000 people in U.K.

Previously the condition was not commonly recognised and was thought to be a psychological aberration, ' It was all in the mind.'

The World Health Organisation (WHO) now recognise this condition as a neurological dysfunction.

Symptoms are complex with people being affected in different ways with symptoms fluctuating and changing over time.

Many symptoms seem to be common to some degree most of the time e.g. severe chronic pain, extreme fatigue, lassitude, insomnia, eye pain with light sensitivity, abdominal pain or gastrointestinal disturbance, fevers, chills, night sweats, prolonged flu like symptoms.

Some people struggle on with their lives without knowing why everything is such an effort, some may become bed ridden unable to leave the house and requiring aid for even basic functions.

This condition has profound implications for work, personal relationships, the ability to lead a fulfilled and satisfying life.


What can be done?

We remind clients that we do not make a medical diagnosis. We consider the holistic totality of the symptoms the client presents with, this differs from individual to individual and often from day to day.

 Each client receives a very detailed clinical assessment with any treatment offered being uniquely tailored to that client.

However, there are some general principles that make a good starting point, for example, Korean acupuncture theory insists that any digestion or abdominal issues must be dealt with before there can be any possibility of progress in any other area.

 In tandem with helping correct any digestive deficiencies we may offer cupping or gua sha (See under therapies offered for an explanation of these modalities.) Cupping on the back can be useful in helping to clear accumulations of toxins from the lymphatic system, aiding circulation, stimulating flow of energy and moving fresh oxygenated blood into areas previously depleted.

 Issues associated with fatigue, insomnia, stress and anxiety may then be addressed in the longer term with combinations of acupuncture or non invasive acupressure, moxibustion and reflexology.

 M.E. Is a difficult and complex issue to come to an effective resolution, generally, satisfactory treatment requires many treatments over many weeks but encouragement to continue can be seen in resolving many of the peripheral problems that sufferers have to cope with that make life so difficult.

What you can expect from your therapist :

  • Insured and accountable with appropriate qualifications
  • Works within their competence
  • Will refer on to GP or other appropriate health worker if medical conditions are detected which go beyond complementary treatment
  • Will consult with client and make appropriate recommendations to supplement treatment
Common Conditions Under ‘common conditions’ on the main menu, we have listed some areas of concern that present themselves on a fairly regular basis. If you feel you have symptoms not covered – please contact us to discuss your issues and see if we can help!

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