Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder characterised by chronic widespread pain and allodynia, a heightened and painful response to pressure. It is estimated to affect 2-4% of the population, with a female to male incidence ratio of approximately 9:1. The term “Fibromyalgia” derives from new Latin: Fibro= fibrous tissues, Greek Myo = muscle and Greek Algo = pain. Although there is, as yet, no cure for Fibromyalgia, some treatments have been shown by controlled clinical trials to effectively reduce syptoms and it seems that magnet therapy can also be beneficial.
Stress may be an important precipitating factor in the development of Fibromyalgia, it is present with stress related disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder, irritable bowel syndrome and depression.