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    Hi Doctor:

    I've been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Does fallen arches cause pain in the knees and upper back? Treatment for TMS states to stop all physical therapies and exercise. Dare I say, continue the exercise and massage but with a time limit of 30 minutes total. Relief of no relief. I would feel better and stronger with exercise and not just journaling and sitting. I feel the reason for stopping the treatments is to stop the obsessive thoughts that go with exercise. But if I proceed to exercise with a thought that I would like for that body part to become stronger as opposed to I would like that body part to be not in pain. Would that thought be okay to treat the body part with the appropriate exercise and exercise?
     
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  2. Derek Sapico MFT

    Derek Sapico MFT TMS Therapist

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    Thanks for your question!

    The first thing that I would like to address is Fibromyalgia. I can confidently tell you that Fibromyalgia is TMS. If you have a diagnosis of FM, it is not fallen arches or any other easily identifiable structural issue that is creating discomfort; it is your brain amplifying pain signals via learned neural pathways that causes the very real pain symptoms. The good news is that this pattern can be broken and you can significantly decrease or eliminate these symptoms through cognitive-behavioral and psycho-emotional work.

    The notion that you can't exercise or get a massage when recovering from TMS is patently false. You absolutely should exercise, simply because it's healthy for you both physically and psychologically. Massages feel good and can be nice and relaxing so do not deprive yourself of them because you have TMS. When exercising or getting a massage, work on solidifying your belief in your capacity to get out of pain regardless of the things that you are doing (or having done to you) physically.

    Honestly explore your belief system around your symptoms and your physical self-care regimen to be sure that you are not still feeding into the narrative that your exercise/massage is compensating for some structural deficiency. Don't focus on strengthening certain body parts because this implies that those parts of your body are in some way defective and need special attention.

    I would encourage you to address the fear and preoccupation that your symptoms generate within your mind. Your thoughts will want to drift back into the fearful realm of "something is wrong with me," so it is important to care for that part of yourself by soothing it and creating safety.

    Lastly, address the emotional issues that could be underlying the symptoms. Utilize the wonderful resources that can be found here on the TMS Wiki and if you get stuck, work with a TMS therapist who can assist you in your recovery.

    Keep it up. You will get there!

    -Derek


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  3. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Derek's advice is right on! Exercise and massage are both great aids in TMS healing.

    If you can't afford to pay for a massage, you can do it yourself.
    There are good web sites if you google for them about self-massage.

    I find that massaging my head is very relaxing. I do it while deep breathing...
    Inhale to the count of 4 through the nose, hold for 7, exhale through the mouth to 8 saying "whoosh." It woiks!
     
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  4. BruceMC

    BruceMC Beloved Grand Eagle

    "Honestly explore your belief system around your symptoms and your physical self-care regimen to be sure that you are not still feeding into the narrative that your exercise/massage is compensating for some structural deficiency."

    Derek, this where you hit the nail squarely on its head. This is an insidious habit of mind I notice playing as an unconscious subtext behind my exercise regimes, always ready to surface and draw me back into TMS symptoms. You have to be aware of just how tricky your unconscious mind is!
     
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  5. North Star

    North Star Beloved Grand Eagle

    Thanks for your wisdom, Derek. It is so important to reject the bombardment of structural excuses. This morning in yoga class, the instructor admonished everyone the important of making sure your foot are placed properly because if it is not done properly it will affect your knees. And your hips. And holy smokes…the whole world is going to hell in a hand basket. (Okay, slight exaggeration.)

    I smiled to myself and rejected his well meaning admonition. Though I do watch my form because it really is the best way to get a thorough stretch of a particular muscle. ;)
     
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  6. Fabi

    Fabi Well known member

    NorthStar, you made me laugh!
     
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