Fibromyalgia exhausts our energy and drains our dreams. At the Equine Support Center for Fibromyalgia participants receive pampering
care along with mind and body awareness techniques to infuse healing energies in the painful places, all in preparation for energized
Horse time. The preparation and energizing is far reaching into the Horse time and beyond which is unique to the ESCF’s support and
approach. Come have fun with Missy Wryn and her horses.
I’ve written about Missy Wryn, teacher of bit less, “Do No Harm” Horsemanship before, in Do No Harm Wisdom with Missy Wryn. I like her
constant emphasis on the horse as a sentient being: the definition of sentient is
the ability to feel, to experience feeling
The combination of people and horses has been a frequent, if not definitive topic here at enlightened horsemanship.net, so it’s no surprise that I’d be
thrilled to announced that Missy now runs a program at her facility for sufferers of fibromyalgia. Visit her website Missy Wryn.com to make a
donation in any amount to support the program.
More about fibromyalgia from the National Center for Biotechnology Information:
Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft
tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety. The cause is unknown.
Possible causes or triggers of fibromyalgia include physical or emotional trauma, abnormal pain response (areas in the brain that are
responsible for pain may react differently in fibromyalgia patients), sleep disturbances, or infection, such as a virus (although none has
Most commonly occurring in women aged 20 to 50, the following symptoms may be seen along with fibromyalgia or mimic its
Chronic neck or back pain
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
Mild to severe pain in the main symptom of fibromyalgia. Painful areas are called tender points, which are located in the soft tissue on the
back of the neck, shoulders, chest, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, and knees. The pain, which is described as a deep ache or shooting,
burning pain, then radiates from these areas. Joints are not affected, though it may feel as if it originates there.
People with fibromyalgia tend to wake up with body aches and stiffness. For some patients, pain improves during the day and gets worse
at night. Some patients have pain all day long, and it may increase with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety or stress. Fatigue,
depressed mood, and sleep problems are not surprisingly seen in many patients with fibromyalgia.
• Physical therapy
• Exercise and fitness program
•Stress-relief methods, including light massage and relaxation techniques
Antidepressants or muscle relaxants such as Duloxetine (Cymbalta), Pregalabin (Lyrica), milnacipran (Savella), are also commonly
prescribed, but the mechanisms by which they affect the condition are not known. The goal of medication is to improve sleep and pain
tolerance. Also prescribed are off-label applications of anti-seizure medications, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, pain medication, and
Acupressure and acupuncture in addition to traditional Chinese medicine can also have beneficial effects.
Approaches to therapy which combine the physical and emotional often have the best outcomes. That’s why Missy’s Equine Support
Center for Fibromyalgia is such a great idea. Slow, measured movement, combined with an enriching physical and emotional connection
can bring a badly-needed richness to the lives of any chronically ill person.
As one with experience in equine therapeutic settings, I know the value of spending time with horses. Healing the soul and the body is
their specialty. Check out Missy’s program. If you know someone who needs it, please refer them. They will thank you.