"What started as a self funded project in 2016 has turned into something I never expected.
Mainstream science was showing FMS was a result of an over loaded and highly sensitised nervous system and the emerging science of Functional Neurology was proving uniquely capable of dealing with this complex issue.
Mixing the two sciences in a self funded project was a gamble that unexpectedly paid off."
Fibromyalgia seems to flare to the most minimal of everyday things. Doing the laundry, driving a car and going food shopping are all classic triggers. Yet they may not trigger you at all on a "good" day. Why is that? Why is there no pattern. If there was a pattern you could make adjustments and not flare up, right?
After studying Functional Neurology I was immediately interested in answering these questions. It was clear that all therapies were ineffective because they looked at FMS as an issue of pain. What I realised was Fibromyalgia is an issue of resource, not pain. That's why some days, when you have more resources, a trip to the shops doesn't flare you up, whilst other days when you have no resources left, just getting out of bed is too much to handle.
Professor Lorimer Moseley, the leading pain researcher in the world today, says, "You will experience pain when the brain concludes there is more evidence of danger in the body than evidence of safety in the body".
Pain is just the body's way of telling you there is a problem. Pain is an output based on danger and safety information the brain is receiving. So, if we can change the information your brain is receiving then the brain has no reason to output pain.
There are two ways we currently know of to help with the sense of danger in the body with longterm results - Functional Neurology and Pain Education.
Functional Neurology aims to help the brain recognise faulty reactions to signals coming in from sensory receptors in your tissues. You have trillions of nerve endings around your body and all of them are sending a signal to your brain, all the time. The signal is either "no change here" or "pay attention!". If these receptors become sensitised, they essentially fire the "pay attention" signal when there is no reason to. Functional Neurology aims to help resolve these inappropriate signals. If the brain has less inappropriate incoming signals then the chances are your "evidence of danger in your body" improves too.
Pain Education is useful to help you see order within the chaos that is Fibromyalgia. Once you understand how pain works and we show you the reason behind the flare ups, you can start to understand how your lifestyle affects your symptoms. I jokingly call Fibromyalgia a Superpower because of this. Your system is more sensitised than most people, which means you can sense issues earlier. . . once you know how.
You don't often find people, like Chris, who are so devoted to understanding persistent pain. Chris self funded over 100 treatments just to broaden his knowledge and test his hypothesis about FMS, which has given him an insight like few others - Some of those original patients are pictured in the header image above.
For over a decade he has been a senior tutor for the UK's leading sports massage school - NLSSM School of Sports Massage, where he still helps to develop the curriculum and the careers of newly qualified therapists.
Chris is regularly asked to present at national conferences, educating his peers on his favourite subject; the management of Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes.
Chris loves to educate both his clients and students in a fun and uniquely informative way. Here he is wearing a muscle suit to help his students understand how tissues get injured in everyday shoulder movements.