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How to Treat Fibromyalgia (Non-Drugs or Surgical Approach)

How to Treat Fibromyalgia (Non-Drug/ Surgical Kneeling muscle

  • Treat pain
  • Treat fatigue
  • Alternatives
  • Non-Surgical
  • Clinical trials
  • Takeaway

Fibromyalgia and pain (FM) is a condition that causes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and localized tenderness. The cause of FM is unknown, but genetics may play a role. Symptoms can develop after:

  • psychological stress
  • physical trauma
  • an injury
  • an illness

Other symptoms may include depression, poor concentration, and headaches.

Treating pain, fatigue, and other symptoms is key. Fortunately, several options are available to help ease and manage FM symptoms and improve your quality of life.

 

Natural Ways to treat fibromyalgia pain

FM pain can be minor or serious enough to interfere with daily activities. Thankfully, treatment can help manage pain.

 

1. Chiropractic

Chiropractic Care May Benefit Fibromyalgia Sufferers

If you’ve never been to a chiropractor, you may have some questions about how it works. Basically, chiropractors believe that the body is a connected system. If your bones, ligaments, muscles, joints and tendons aren’t functioning properly then they can lead to an improperly functioning system. When your skeletal structure is strong, your body is strong. Chiropractors help restore the balance in your skeletal structure through adjustments, manipulations and stretches to eliminate the pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Patients with this syndrome have been turning to chiropractic care in increasing numbers over the years to treat the neck pain, back pain and leg cramps that often accompany fibromyalgia. Many have found that a few adjustments to the neck and spine can greatly relieve the chronic pain that they live with. A lot of people who suffer from fibromyalgia are also afflicted with upper cervical spinal stenosis. This condition leads to the compression of meninges (the coverings of the upper spine) to become compressed. In turn, the patient is left with pain across their entire body. A chiropractor who is familiar with this syndrome can adjust the head and neck so that the spine isn’t compressed, which can help alleviate some of the chronic pain that is associated with fibromyalgia. So, just how effective is chiropractic care at managing the pain associated with fibromyalgia? There have been several studies done to answer that question and the answer appears to be “Quite effective.” One study in particular, examined the effectiveness of the spinal manipulation done by chiropractors on relieving symptoms related to fibromyalgia. After only 15 treatments, patients reported a decrease in pain and fatigue, and an increase in the quality of their sleep.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, talk to your primary care physician about the risks and benefits of chiropractic care. Then, take your time and search out a Doctor of Chiropractic who understands the unique symptoms that your body presents. While there is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, there is definitely treatment available that can make your life more manageable. If your suffering from fibromyalgia, use this new patient offer and get help immediately. Or call our office at 310-371-3134

 

Story credit: http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_chiropractic.html

 

2. Yoga

Research has shown that people with FM who participated in yoga classes experienced improved mood and less pain and fatigue. The classes included:

  • gentle poses
  • meditation
  • breathing exercises
  • group discussions

Try taking a yoga class. The practice increases muscle strength, incorporates meditation, and teaches different relaxation techniques. Just be sure to let the instructor know about your condition, so they can adjust the poses as needed for you.

3. Acupuncture

You may want to try acupuncture for pain relief. It involves pricking the skin with needles to:

  • promote natural self-healing
  • encourage a change in blood flow
  • change the levels of neurotransmitters in your brain
  • treat a variety of health conditions like chronic pain

A study in the Journal of Rehabilitative Medicine found that people with FM who received acupuncture benefited from pain relief for at least two years, compared to those who didn’t. For those who cannot tolerate the needles, acupressure may be an option.

The risks of acupuncture include soreness, minor bleeding, and bruising after treatment. Always make sure your acupuncturist is licensed to decrease risk of infection from unsterilized needles.

4. Physical therapy

Physical therapy techniques aim to improve your range of motion and strengthen the muscles. This can also help reduce FM pain. Your therapist will tailor a program to help manage specific symptoms. They can also teach self-care techniques, including FM education, to help you manage the fatigue and pain on your own. Research shows that pain management education can lead to increased performance during exercise.

Fatigue is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. You may wake up in the mornings tired despite sleeping through the night. Simple everyday activities can be exhausting. Options for treating FM fatigue include:

5. Vitamin D

People with FM often have low levels of vitamin D. In a 2013 study, researchers found that people with FM felt physically better and experienced less fatigue when they took vitamin D supplements. Talk to your doctor before taking vitamin D supplements, as too much can be toxic.

6. Exercise

Exercise is also an effective way to combat tiredness and improve your energy levels. Exercise increases the brain’s production of endorphins, improves sleep, and reduces depression. Suggested activities for people with FM include walking, biking, and swimming. For some, getting started is difficult with widespread pain; start slow and increase gradually. While this article presents options to consider trying, exercise is the only solution that continues to show benefit in controlled trials.

 

7. Medical marijuana

Medical marijuana can ease symptoms of fibromyalgia. One study found that people with FM who took medicinal cannabis experienced:

  • a reduction of pain and stiffness
  • enhanced relaxation
  • an increase in sleepiness
  • feelings of well-being
  • improved mental health

More research is needed about the benefits of medical marijuana for FM. Side effects can include unfocused judgment and concentration, and long-term effects need further research.

8. Biofeedback

Biofeedback is about learning how to control your body functions. This can help reduce muscle tension and FM pain. There are no side effects associated with this technique, but some people can feel overwhelmed or exhausted after a session. Speak with your doctor to see if you’re a good candidate for biofeedback.

9. Tai chi

This mind-body technique involves deep breathing, meditation, and controlled movements. Tai chi can improve muscle strength, balance, and stamina. It’s not strenuous, but you can develop sore muscles or sprains if you overdo it.

10. Massage therapy

Massages can relax your muscles, improve range of motion, and reduce stress and anxiety. You could experience temporary bruising, swelling, and pain if your therapist applies too much pressure.

11. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)

The basis of CBT is about helping people set realistic goals. Patients work on identifying dysfunctional thought patterns and developing techniques to manage negative thoughts. The techniques you learn through CBT can help to reduce or minimize your FM pain.

 

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