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Highlights from FMA UK's section in September's FaMily magazine section

Each month articles included in the Fibromyalgia Association section of the FaMily Magazine will be previewed on this site. If you like the look of what you see you can decide to purchase a year's subscription.  

Fibromyalgia Awareness Week UK 9th – 16th September 2006- Don’t Suffer in Silence

Many groups have organised awareness events throughout the UK during this special week in hospitals, shopping malls and other venues. These events have obviously taken time to organise and by the time you read this it will be too late to start organising. However, some people who read this magazine do not belong to a group. So what can you do as an individual to raise awareness of fibromyalgia? You do not have to climb a mountain or any similar feat, but each action will help to build the profile of fibromyalgia....  

In the Spotlight with Dr Hal Blatman

Dr Blatman, a specialist in myofascial pain syndrome, is the successful author of a new book entitled Winners’ Guide to Pain Relief. I met Dr Blatman at the American conference last March and was interested by what he had to say about myofascial pain. I ended up buying his book and must admit I am very impressed with the way it is written and clearly illustrated offering superb guidance for self treating trigger points. Here Dr Blatman explains about myofascial pain, its treatment and what inspired him to write the book. What is myofascial pain syndrome? "Myo" means muscle and "fascia" is the connective tissue that intertwines with muscle fibers, attaches muscles to bones, and holds bones together. When they are injured, muscles and fascia form knots (trigger points) that generate pain. This pain can be felt as an aching sensation, as well as radiating, burning, stabbing, knifelike, numbness, and tingling...  

No Pain, No Pain Approach to Exercise by Namita Gandhi

Namita Gandhi M.S., M.B.A., M.A., is a practicing clinical exercise physiologist who has developed her own exercise and rehabilitation program called Move Beyond Pain. I first heard about her program when attending the fibromyalgia conference in California last March and asked her to write an article about her experience of having fibromyalgia and the technique that she has devised. The primary goal of her therapy is to improve the quality of life of people with chronic pain by empowering them.  

On April 1st 1992, my life changed forever. I still remember the sense of helplessness I felt when the medical community provided me with the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Doctors were unsure how to treat my chronic pain and fibromyalgia, resulting from an auto accident, other than by prescribing medications for symptomatic relief. I was told that I would have to live with it for the rest of my life. The doctors and physical therapists kept telling me I needed to exercise but no one was able to help me design an exercise routine that I could do without hurting more. Intellectually, I knew and understood that I had to exercise to mange my pain,...

The Role of the Regional Co-ordinator by Christine Brown

In March 2004 I was appointed the regional co-ordinator for the Midlands Region. The region is currently made up of seven groups and eight helplines, with a new group presently being formed. I think it only honest to say that at the time I had no conception of how this role would develop and no strategy in place, apart from a desire to connect the groups and helplines in the Midlands and to work with FMA UK. The role of the regional co-ordinator is clearly defined in the Regional Co-ordinator Guidelines and is basically straightforward: it is to be a two way link between FMA UK and the groups by disseminating information from FMA UK by e-mail or slow mail and to be their voice at the Regional Co-ordinators’ meetings,...  

Regional Coordinators’ Elections

Not all groups have the same needs and some require more support than others. When problems occur the most important part is to be a listening ear. FMA UK is not prescriptive in the way groups work and there are many different models that are successfully helping those with fibromyalgia. The co-ordinator’s role is not to pass judgement, but to facilitate groups to give the best possible service to their members and the fibromyalgia cause in general....  

Scout Holiday Homes Trust

The Scout Holiday Homes Trust has 14 caravans and 1 chalet that provides low cost self-catering holidays on 12 fully commercial holiday parks
Scouts have a long history of helping other people. This happens in a variety of ways in many parts of the world. One special scout charity, which has been helping people for more than 36 years, is the Scout Holiday Homes Trust. This charity offers low cost self-catering holidays for any family or group with special needs or low income and one parent families - in fact any family or group in which the quality of life is diminished by disability, infirmity or misfortune....

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