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.
Acupuncture is a type of Chinese traditional medicine in which practitioners insert small needles into specific trigger points on the body. Some people believe that these needles change blood flow and chemical levels, which can help relieve the pain and discomfort of fibromyalgia.
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 to find out how we can help.
BY: Dr. Friedman
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