Posture therapy and re-training can help fibromyalgia. Spanish researchers observed significant improvement after only five sessions of manual techniques combined with motor control exercises. Another demonstration of the effectiveness of multi-modal approach to correcting sensory-motor errors.
1. Suboccipital release
2. Pectoral release
3. Diaphragm release
4. Lumbosacral decompression
5. Psoas fascia release
6. Thoracic spine manipulation (high-velocity low-amplitude)
This is a very similar manipulative approach to what chiropractors use by integrating spinal manipulation in conjunction with massage therapy. In addition, focusing patient/client active care on one area at a time creates the self-awareness necessary to retraining postural control.
These same ideas contributed to the birth of what is now known as the StrongPosture® protocols.
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Castro-Sanchez AM, Mataran Penarrocha GA, Arroyo-Morales M, et all (2011). Effects of myofascial release techniques on pain, physical function, and postural stability in patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Clin Rehabil. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21673013
Castro-Sánchez, AM, Aguilar-Ferrándiz, ME, Matarán-Peñarrocha, GA, Sánchez-Joya, M, Arroyo-Morales, M, & Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, C. (2014). Short-term effects of a manual therapy protocol on pain, physical function, quality of sleep, depressive symptoms, and pressure sensitivity in women and men with fibromyalgia syndrome: A randomized controlled trial. The Clinical Journal of Pain. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24281285
Gamber RG, Shores JH, Russo DP, et all (2002). Osteopathic manipulative treatment in conjunction with medication relieves pain associated with fibromyalgia syndrome: results of a randomized clinical pilot project. J Am Osteopath Assoc. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12090649