Fibromyalgia is a stress related disorder. The autonomic nervous system is the main element of the stress response system. Autonomic dysfunction (ongoing sympathetic predominance) is present in fibromyalgia. Current linear – reduccionist medical model seems unable to understand fibromyalgia. Complexity science paradigms provide a coherent explanation for the multiplicity of fibromyalgia symptoms. On this basis a holistic approach to therapy is suggested.
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
- identify newly proposed biological mechanisms whereby distress could be converted into chronic pain
- discuss the role of autonomic dysfunction in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia
- describe how complexity science paradigms may help to understand fibromyalgia
- describe scientific holistic therapies
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