This may come as a surprise or a bit of shock to some but there is no such thing as perfect. Your jaw is probably hanging open right about now at this marvelous revelation. For those that strive for perfection this news may be particularly difficult for you to handle. Though there is no such thing as perfect there are things in life that are close to perfection. For example: After a rough day at work there is nothing more perfect than a nice long soak in a tub. Perfection may not be possible but imperfectly perfect is.
Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects millions of people all over the world. This condition is incurable and much of a mystery even to the most brilliant of medical professionals. Without a whole lot of answers those seeking out a fibromyalgia treatment must do so without fully knowing the ins and outs of their diagnosis. This is not a perfect situation to find one in but the individual can make a choice to be in good spirits about his or her treatment approach. There are several imperfect yet perfect treatment approaches to fibromyalgia relief.
Treatments That Could Make A World Of Difference
Prescription Medications – Many fibromyalgia studies have indicated that certain prescription medications can help sufferers in their daily activities. For the most part, fibromyalgia patients can take a preventative type medication that will help reduce the amount of symptoms experienced. However, there are not any prescription medications that are specifically designed to help with fibromyalgia symptoms. Because many studies have been done on prescription medication and fibromyalgia, doctors are able to use prescription medications as an off-label treatment. The prescription medications are used to bring pain under control, improve sleep, increase energy and help improve the mood of fibromyalgia sufferers.
Acupuncture – Acupuncture as a therapy originated as traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patents of energy that flow through the body are and essential to total body health. Acupuncture uses stimulation of specific acu-points on the skin by inserting needles that range in length from 1 cm to 10 cm. A typical treatment involves the use of 5 to 15 needles and the generally the acu-points vary during each treatment session.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia Patients – Acupuncture aims to treat the particular symptoms that are unique to each Fibromyalgia sufferer. Individual treatment is vital for achieving relief as each person deals with and experiences differing Fibromyalgia symptoms. Studies have proven that in fact acupuncture can be beneficial to providing relief in Fibromyalgia sufferers especially in regards to pain and relaxation which aids in lessening fatigue. Many individuals who have used Fibromyalgia as a course of treatment for Fibromyalgia symptoms reported having an overall decrease in pain after only one session, and most reported an ability to fall asleep naturally and sleep deeper and longer on the nights that followed an acupuncture session. Other areas which acupuncture can be of benefit to Fibromyalgia Sufferers are by:
- Lessens Pain
- Lessens Fatigue
- Increasing Energy Levels
- Increases Relaxation
- Aids in Immunity (Better overall Health)
- Very Low Risk
- No Drug Interactions
Massage Therapy – The two main symptoms that are presented by the condition of Fibromyalgia are fatigue and pain. Massage therapy can aid in lessening both of these symptoms by helping the Fibromyalgia suffer to be able to experience less pain, obtain more sleep, and also to help relax some of the tightened and stiff muscles that can contribute to much of the pain. Research has proven that the use of massage therapy as a form of Fibromyalgia treatment can help Fibromyalgia sufferers experience deeper levels of sleep and lessen levels of pain and fatigue. The way that massage therapy accomplishes this is by using the different forms of massage to help oxygenate the body as a whole which can decrease the severity of symptoms that a Fibromyalgia sufferer will experience. Massage therapy can help Fibromyalgia sufferers find relief from their symptoms specifically by:
1) Improving Sleep
2) Reducing Swelling, Pain, and Stiffness in the Joints & Muscles
3) Decreasing Anxiety & Stress
4) Increasing Blood Circulation
5) Increasing Flexibility
6) Increasing the Range of Motion
Forms of Massage Therapy – First of all it is important to note that massage therapy, especially when performed on a Fibromyalgia patient, should be administered by a trained professional, preferably a trained professional who is accustomed to working with patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia. Some of the forms of massage therapy that are commonly used for Fibromyalgia treatment are:
- Swedish Massage
- Positional Release Techniques
- Myofascial Release
- Passive Stretching
- Energy Healing Cranial-Sacral Therapy
- Proprioceptor Neuromuscular Facilitation
- Neuromuscular Therapy