Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that causes pain, tenderness, and fatigue in the muscles of specific parts of the body, including the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. It is more common in women during middle age and in people with a history of rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune disease.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but medication, some lifestyle changes, and natural remedies can help people manage the symptoms.
Here are 5 natural ways to manage symptoms caused by fibromyalgia:
1. Sleep & Rest
People with fibromyalgia can tire more easily than people without the condition, and it is important to rest when necessary. Trying to do too much exercise or too many activities can increase pain and fatigue, so moderation is key.
Getting enough sleep is crucial for managing the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Being well-rested helps combat the fatigue that accompanies the condition. Here are some simple ways to get good-quality sleep:
- minimize daytime naps
- go to bed and wake up on a consistent schedule
- limit noise and screen-use at bedtime
- do not eat a heavy meal within two hours of going to bed
- avoid alcohol and coffee before sleeping
Exercising with fibromyalgia may be difficult at first, but building up gradually and persisting can be beneficial. As muscle strength builds over time, pain and discomfort should decrease. Make sure to speak with a doctor before starting an exercise regimen. An exercise therapist can help set up a suitable program.
Massage is a well-known treatment for sore muscles and joints. It involves the gentle manipulation of the body to increase the range of motion, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and relieve pain. Click here to learn about five popular massage techniques for fibromyalgia pain relief.
Acupuncture’s main focus is qi, or the flow of energy through your body. Any injury, pain, or illness blocks that energy and acupuncture helps to unblock it and restore the natural flow. By inserting very small needles along energy meridians from head to toe, the flow of qi through the body is restored and patients experience relief, sometimes after just one session. Click here to learn more.
Foods, just like anything else, have the ability to either stress your body or help your body heal. It is important that you eat as much clean food as possible. Base your diet around whole foods such as brown rice, legumes, oats, rice milk, soy, hormone-free chicken or turkey, roots, nuts and berries. Eating a balanced and healthful diet, exercising, and reducing the use of caffeine, alcohol and nicotine products can help reduce stress and improve mood.
If you are or someone you know is suffering from fibromyalgia, visit Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center or contact us online to find out how we can help!
BY: Dr. Friedman
Acupuncture, Massage Therapy
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