Holistic Treatments and Practices for Fibromyalgia

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Acupuncture treatment is used to remove energy blockages & restore body balance to enable self healing. Acupuncture helps peoplewith Fibromyalgia enjoy the benefits of reduced pain, better sleep and relaxation, and over-all health improvements.  Acupuncture can be extremely effective for many people with Fibromyalgia.

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Guided imagery is a form of therapy that aims to focus and to relax the patient undergoing the therapy.  Since Fibromyalgia is often made worse by stress resulting in severe pains, muscle aches and symptoms like restless leg syndrome, Guided Imagery is used to create a state of relaxation with the associated physical benefits this creates. 

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Hypnotherapy has been proven to be effective in altering one's mood and perception of pain, which can help people with Fibromyalgia manage the symptoms of the disease and improve their quality of life.The management and relief of pain through hypnotherapy has been proven by many research studies to be effective for people with Fibromyalgia in decreasing pain and providing symptom relief.

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Surprisingly to some people, there are a significant number of research and scientific studies that support Biofeedback as being effective in reducing various Fibromyalgia symptoms (minimizing pain, increasing physical function, decreasing tender points).  Biofeedback therapy teaches you use your brain to voluntarily relax your muscles and control your pain through concentration and applied mental techniques. 

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The primary advantage of hydrotherapy for the treatment of Fibromyalgia is the soothing effect that hydrotherapy can have on aches and tenderness.  In addition, the viscosity of the water can reduce stiffness and muscle and joint pain.  Hydroptherapy can produce significant improvements in patients’ physical and psychological well-being, quality of life, pain, health perceptions, balance, and capacity to climb stairs.

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Since Fibromyalgia causes mood issues & memory problems aside from chronic pains of muscle and joints, meditation can be a complementary treatment to deal with the disorder. Though meditation won’t make the pain disappear, it will help you find focus, open up to positive thinking and relax. It can also ease the stress and anxiety that can be familiar for people with Fibromyalgia.

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Qi Gong involves breathing and stretching in a very gentle way.  It can be very helpful for people with Fibromyalgia as a complementary treatment that relieves joint and muscle pain and increases flexibility.

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Craniosacral therapy is a massage technique that involves light touch on various body points.  It is a popular treatment to reduce the pain related to Fibromyalgia. The therapy also helps to improve patients’ mood and feeling of well-being, which can lead to a reduction in widespread pain, chronic fatigue and headaches. 

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People affected or suffering from Fibromyalgia frequently have symptoms such as muscle pains, joint stiffness and fatigue. These can also cause mood, sleep and memory problems. Deep tissue massage helps to alleviate the pain and improve the symptoms of the disease. It also helps to increase muscle flexibility and blood circulation and decrease stress hormone levels and anxiety.

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A large part of the challenge with Fibromyalgia is dealing with the emotional aspects of the diagnosis and then living with the limitations imposed by your physical conditon.  A Health Coach can help you keep a positive outlook and effectively explore treatment options.

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Some research has shown that massage leads to improvements in pain and symptoms for people who have Fibromyalgia, leading to reductions in anxiety, depression and salivary cortison.  People who have tried massage for Fibromyalgia also self report reduced pain, stiffness, fatigue and less difficulty sleeping.

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Chiropractic care involves manual therapy that uses spinal manipulation and realignment to relieve pain, improve physical functioning and encourage natural healing. Since people with Fibromyalgia often suffer from widespread pain, experience fatigue and struggle with sleeping disorders, many of these symptoms may be helped by chiropractic care.

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Magnets are known to produce a magnetic field which is reported to have an effect on the sensation of pain. For Fibromyalgia, people report that this therapy offers bodily relief from pain by increasing blood circulation, improving the flow of oxygen to tissues and by stimulating various cells in the body. Magnetic therapy eases the symptoms of the Fibromyalgia such as widespread pain and muscle tension.

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Fibromyalgia

Summary

Fibromyalgia is a 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.

Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain and allodynia (a heightened and painful response to pressure).  Fibromyalgia symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. Other symptoms include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. Some patients may also report difficulty with swallowing, bowel and bladder abnormalities, numbness and tingling, and cognitive dysfunction. Fibromyalgia is frequently comorbid with psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety and stress-related disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder.  Not all people with fibromyalgia experience all associated symptoms.  Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2–4% of the population,with a higher female to male ratio.  

There is no cure for Fibromyalgia, and one of the challenges of this condition is that the symptoms and what helps to alleviate them can change over time.  There are a wide number of both medical and complementary treatments that may help with one or more of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

While fibromyalgia is one of the most common diseases affecting the muscles leading to chronic pain and disability, its cause is currently unknown.  There is some suspicion that nervous system malfunctions are at the root of it, but no one been able yet to prove that definitively.  The painful tissues involved are not accompanied by tissue inflammation. Therefore, despite potentially disabling body pain, patients with fibromyalgia do not develop body damage or deformity. Fibromyalgia also does not cause damage to internal body organs. In this sense, fibromyalgia is different from many other rheumatic conditions;  in those diseases, tissue inflammation is the major cause of pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the joints, tendons and muscles, and it can lead to joint deformity and damage to the internal organs or muscles.  In some way, the lack of visible 'proof' of the syndrome can make it all the more challenging for people who have Fibromyalgia - they feel pain and develop the tender points and the knots, but it is experienced in a mainly subjective manner.

For many people, Fibromyalgia develops gradually and has no known cause. For others, FM may develop due to acute illness, a traumatic incident or a stressful, emotional experience. Researchers are still looking for what triggers Fibromyalgia. Recent studies suggest that pain spreads abnormally in people with Fibromyalgia. It is possible that the nervous system is put into overdrive, causing pain. Nerve cells communicate with each other and the way these messages pass through the body is out of balance in people with Fibromyalgia; for this reason, the brain has difficulty understanding the message. Sometimes, however, pain is caused because the body's natural pain dampening mechanisms are not functioning properly.

Also known as

Allodynia, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Fibrositis, FM, FMS