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What is Fibromyalgia?

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Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain syndrome that affects multiple systems in the body, including the muscular, nervous, immune, digestive, respiratory, lymphatic and endocrine systems.

Bringing you back into balance

It is important to understand the relationship between all the body’s systems – how pain is generated and perpetuated, the effect pain and stress has on the hormonal balance, and how this altogether affects your physical and emotional wellbeing.

People suffering with Fibromyalgia often experience:

  • widespread pain
  • stiffness
  • fatigue
  • poor sleep patterns
  • cognitive difficulties
  • brain fog
  • anxiety

Fibromyalgia can be very challenging to treat as there are many causes or triggers, which can include:

– physical trauma to the spine from an accident or disc injury;
– prolonged emotional stress causing an imbalance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system;
– chronic infections caused by viruses, bacteria, yeast overgrowth in the gut;
or other parasites causing inflammatory reactions in your body.

Eliminating the pain is only the first part of the recovery process. Returning the patient to full health is a challenging multidisciplinary project but has been done in enough cases to provide hope and therapeutic direction. The research shows that treatment must address the spinal cord, the pain processing centres in the brain and the neuroendocrine system. Clinical practice shows that treatment must reduce or eliminate pain as a way of reducing HPA stress and then rehabilitate the digestive system, the adrenals and the endocrine system.

Read 5 Star Patient Testimonials for our unique approach to the treatment of Fibromyalgia 

“I highly recommend this excellent multidisciplinary practice. I see the empathetic, skilled and dedicated Eva Hadjidemetri for Frequency Specific Microcurrent treatment. FSM can help nerve and muscle pain as well as numerous other ailments. For my Fibromyalgia the treatment has been outstanding with less pain as well as more sleep and energy.”

David R.

Treating Fibromyalgia as a Team

Since there are multiple causes to Fibromyalgia a single approach often doesn’t work, which is why at Sutherland House, we are offering a uniquely integrated approach for treating this widespread, debilitating condition.

Frequency Specific Microcurrent

New to the UK, FSM uses a low-level electrical current. It is highly effective in treating nerve and muscle pain, reducing inflammation, repairing tissue and removing adhesions. It has been shown to have several physiological effects, such as: reducing cytokines and Substance P and increasing levels of endorphins. It improves amino acid transport into cells, and protein synthesis. ATP levels are increased by 500%.

PBM – Photobiomodulation

This light therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation. It improves blood flow in the tissues and raises ATP production in the cells, increasing the energy available for healing. It is effective in treating pain, fatigue and mood disorders associated with

Psychotherapy and Hypnosis

Long term pain and fatigue can cause changes in the brain’s neurology which is why we often can find them challenging to control. Cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in combination with mindful-hypnosis can help you deal with pain, anxiety, fear and poor sleep patterns.


Using extreme cold (-140C) in short bursts has a flushing effect on body tissue requiring treatment. Moving blood, metabolites and toxins out of the targeted area it decreases inflammation, pain and muscle soreness from trigger points. It boosts the circulation four-fold, bringing oxygenated blood to the area to stimulate the body’s natural healing process.

Nutritional Therapy and Natural Medicine

This is the process of removing foods you are sensitive or allergic to and replacing them with ones that will nourish and heal your body. This may include detoxification protocols, vitamin and mineral supplements and anti-inflammatory diets. It may also include the use of herbs to restore hormonal balance, reduce stress or insomnia, and eliminate any pathogens.

Physiotherapy and Osteopathy

These two disciplines use gentle manual therapy techniques to relieve muscle tension and improve joint range of movement, correcting muscle imbalances to restore efficient movement patterns and function. Releasing tightness in the Thoracic cage and diaphragm has been shown to increase oxygenation of tissues improving the metabolic processes, decreasing fatigue and improving concentration. The physiotherapist can also offer ergonomic advice to prevent further strains and injuries.

Cranial Osteopathy

This provides gentle manual work on the body, head and spine – shown to lower anxiety and improve sleep quality.

Exercise therapy

Regular exercise can reduce fatigue, inflammation and musculoskeletal pain. It also helps improve physical fitness, strength and mood, as well as cardiovascular and metabolic indicators. The program is aimed to avoid a relapse of pain and fatigue.

Patient Evenings

At our monthly meetings we have speakers and discussions on topics of interest. This is an opportunity to meet the team and other patients dealing with the same symptoms.

Read 5 Star Patient Testimonials for our unique approach to the treatment of Fibromyalgia 

“I have been seeing Anna for the FSM treatment now for a few months to help me with a neurological condition called FND and to treat fibromyalgia . It has given me back a quality of life as my bad days are now my good days and my good days are as if I don’t have an illness. Anna goes above and beyond within her treatments. Thank you Anna”

Donna G.

To find out more about treatment for Fibromyalgia at Sutherland House, get in touch with Charmaine Smyth on  

020 8458 7869

Alternatively, use this form to send an email directly to Charmaine Smyth (B.Physio HCPC MCSP), heading the Fibromyaligia Team.

Sutherland House Fibromyalgia Team

Charmaine Smyth Chartered Physiotherapist B.Physio HCPC MCSP

Marina Townsley Dip. CNM, mBANT, NTCC, CNHC, ANP, AMH, Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Alexsander Guimarães BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Anna Steele-Finkelstein Chartered Physiotherapist MPhysEd, MCSP, HCPC

Sarojni Vaja Registered Osteopath Bsc (Hons) Ost. Med, ND, DPO

Sherine Lovegrove, MSc Neurodirected Psychotherapist

Jonathan Varnavas, BSc GSR Sports & Exercise Rehabilitation

Judith Landhausser Chartered Physiotherapist HCPC MCSP POGP PGDip

Eva Niezgoda-Hadjidemetri Chartered Physiotherapist MSc HCPC MCSP AACP APCP


Cytokine changes with microcurrent treatment of fibromyalgia associated with cervical spine trauma.

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