Alternative Treatment Options To Help With Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a rather common condition that causes the individual diagnosed body-wide pain. The pain associated with fibromyalgia causes tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissue in the body. Though the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, the condition has been tied to several other conditions such as:
- Sleep Problems
The symptoms of fibromyalgia all evolve around pain. Pain is the leading complaint amongst individuals suffering with this chronic condition. Fibromyalgia affects the soft tissue in the body therefore the pain is often felt in locations such as: back, neck, hips, shoulders, chest, elbows and knees. As the pain begins in these various locations on the body, it begins to spread out causing all over body discomfort. Treating fibromyalgia can be done through a variety of methods and approaches the most common being the use of prescription medications. Treating fibromyalgia with prescription medications is not always the best and most safe approach so the following are several alternative treatment options that fibromyalgia patients can and should consider.
The Therapy of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that has been around for centuries and used for providing relief from all kinds of diseases and conditions. Fibromyalgia is a condition that is not an exception to the use of acupuncture because the particular symptoms that are presented by the condition of Fibromyalgia can be relieved with the use of acupuncture. In fact, studies have shown that in regards to the symptoms of pain and fatigue, acupuncture can provide relaxation and aids in lessening these symptoms. Many Fibromyalgia sufferers who have chosen to utilize the therapy of acupuncture have noted an overall decrease in their pain after only one treatment session, and additionally they noted an ability to fall asleep naturally and experience a deeper, longer, and more restful sleep on the nights that followed the acupuncture treatment. More specifically acupuncture can aid in providing symptom relief to Fibromyalgia sufferers in the following ways:
- Lessens Fatigue
- Lessens Pain
- Increasing Energy Levels
- Increases Relaxation
- Very Low Risk
- No Drug Interactions
- Aids in Immunity (Better overall Health)
The Therapy of Massage
The two most significant symptoms that Fibromyalgia sufferers deal with on a daily basis are pain and fatigue. The use of massage therapy can help with these two symptoms by allowing the Fibromyalgia sufferer to be able to more fully relax and therefore experience less pain and fatigue overall. More specifically massage therapy can aid in providing symptom relief to Fibromyalgia sufferers in the following ways:
- Improving overall Sleep
- Increasing Flexibility
- Increasing the Range of Motion
- Increasing Blood Circulation
- Reducing Swelling, Stiffness, as well as Pain
- Decreasing Stress and/or Anxiety
Fibromyalgia sufferers tend to have less pain and fatigue once the therapy of massage is used to improve their symptoms. There are several forms of massage therapy, or techniques, which are used for Fibromyalgia patients in order to provide symptom relief. Some of those techniques used to provide Fibromyalgia relief are Myofascial Release, Positional Release Techniques, Reflexology, Swedish massage, Passive Stretching, Energy Healing, Proprioceptor Neuromuscular Facilitation, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, as well as Neuromuscular Therapy.
The Therapy of Chiropractic Care
The use of chiropractic care for providing relief to Fibromyalgia sufferers has become increasingly more popular within the medical community over the past decade. Chiropractic care can aid in providing pain and stress relief to Fibromyalgia sufferers, which is of significant importance as these are the top two symptoms Fibromyalgia sufferers deal with on a daily basis. Other symptoms that many Fibromyalgia sufferers deal with are backaches, foot pain, or leg cramps, and chiropractic care has been proven to help decrease these symptoms as well.
The main purpose behind the idea of Chiropractic care is to aid in symptom relief of issues and condition by correcting imbalances within the skeletal structure. The forms of correction that are adopted within chiropractic care are made through techniques such as adjustments, stretches, physical therapy, as well as massage and manipulations all used by the chiropractor in order to provide symptom relief and restore balance.
One specific problem that many Fibromyalgia sufferers deal with is called upper cervical spinal stenosis. This condition causes the coverings of the spine to be compresses which can cause severe pain in the Fibromyalgia sufferer. Chiropractic care (both adjustments as well as manipulations) can help with relieving the compression that causes upper cervical spinal stenosis and thus provide relief to the Fibromyalgia sufferer.