Every morning, I wake up and the bones in my feet have moved. When I stand up, it feels like the bones are moving back into place. This phenomenon happens each time my feet have remained still for 15 minutes or more. What triggers our foot pain? Who knows? It’s not likely to be an over-reaction to injury, since it typically strikes both feet at the same time. It doesn’t seem to result from tired feet, either. Theoretically, it could ensue from aggravated myofascial trigger points in the legs, sciatic nerve problems, or a tight iliotibial band (ITB), and then amplified by the hyper-excitable pain regions in our fibromyalgic-addled brains.
Fibromyalgia treatment should extend from the top of your head to the tips of your toes — literally. Although feet are not the location most likely to experience fibromyalgia pain, in a recent paper published in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy, about half of the 202 patients with fibromyalgia studied reported foot problems.
What works for foot pain? The first thing I do in the morning is grab my extra fluffy bed socks – it’s not a perfect solution (far from it!) but it helps. If foot pain is caused by trigger points, sciatica or the ITB, acupuncture or back-and-leg massage could help relieve it. Some people swear by a pair of memory foam slippers, covered in ultra-soft terry cloth, or a very gentle foot massage with soothing lotion.
You’ve probably been referred to rheumatologists, or chiropractors to treat fibromyalgia; an acupuncturist probably got a couple of visits, and you might have talked things out with a psychologist along the way, too. But what about a podiatrist? The last time you went to a podiatrist, it was almost assuredly because you wanted to treat your feet, not because you wanted to treat your fibromyalgia…right?
According to Dr. Howard G. Groshell, Jr., a podiatrist who has specialized in the foot and its related ailments, for nearly half a century, with a mysterious condition, like fibromyalgia, that encompasses numerous symptoms which illogically coincide, the medical approach in the West has hit a brick wall. Dr. Howard G. Groshell, Jr. has practiced podiatric medicine since 1960, taking the knowledge he learned in traditional medicine and combining it as he detoured toward the philosophy of Eastern medicine. One of the earliest doctors to combine the two approaches, Dr. Groshell is also the first published author to give a definitive explanation which identifies one of the main causes of fibromyalgia as well as a treatment protocol which examines and corrects energy imbalances in the foot. In the case of fibromyalgia, says Dr Groshell says, Western medicine will never be the answer for long-term relief and healing.
Fibromyalgia Pain Explained: Correcting the Two Levels of Fibromyalgia Pain – reblogged from http://fibromyalgiafreelife.com/fibromyalgia-treatment-information/fibromyalgia-pain/, posted by Dr. Groshell on September 18th, 2010.
The source of confusion over what causes fibromyalgia pain has become the byproduct of one of Western Medicine’s greatest flaws: the proclivity to target the symptoms of a condition or disease, using prescription medication, opposed to trying to correct the root problem of the condition itself.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that is categorized by a myriad of pain symptoms, but rarely do you see any rational explanation for what causes fibromyalgia pain, itself…
There are many causes for pain, and too voluminous to list, but if we did make a list, I am sure many causes would be omitted. The core of my theories for the pain in Fibromyalgia relates to the causes of the first level of pain. Our findings are that in Fibromyalgia, there are generally two levels of pain. The first level of pain is caused by internal and external forces that affect our body’s overall energy fields. Pain at the first level is called Latent Pain.
Latent pain can be caused by multiple environmental and physical factors that can lower the body’s energy fields. There are many, many, many causes. My consistent findings are that poor foot biomechanics cause a majority of latent pain in the body.
Latent pain is that pain that is present but not recognized until the physical area is palpated or pressed. At that time, the pain will not be perceived until trigger points are pressed (light, moderate, severe on a scale of 1-10). Latent pain found in multiple common trigger points in the body should always be a part of a general physical exam. Why is that?
Latent pain is a symptom only. It lets you know that there is a general energy decrease or blockage to multiple body systems. When there are energy field blockages in the body, all body systems can be affected. Hence, energy field blockages to body systems can be the cause of multiple body symptoms. If these energy field blockages are not recognized, we can only treat symptoms. That is Western medicine’s approach, in general. If this direction in medicine continues, we can only surmise that our best doctors will never, ever be more than half right. If you can only treat symptoms and not recognize the cause, you can never use the term cure (which is almost impossible to use, as it is).
My findings are all new to medical literature. They are consistent with the laws of nature. Poor or faulty foot biomechanics cause weakened neurotransmitter signals to be sent to the Central Nervous System. This causes bodily energy field weaknesses or blockages to all systems in general down to the cellular levels. Our fibromyalgia treatment protocol is directed to realign and strengthen foot biomechanical weaknesses. Our treatment clears blocked energy fields and pain many times within minutes.
All future medical research in body kinetic chain balance and energy field balance needs to use our findings as its physical basis. When you are consistent with the laws of nature, you cannot be disputed.
If the patient or doctor doesn’t recognize this new principle in medicine, nothing can change. The patient will stay where they are. The doctor will continue to be only half right. Western medicine will prevail, which ultimately leaves pain as the final winner.
Finally, a connection between chronic foot pain and the myriad of symptoms relating to fibromyalgia.