The Non Traditional Route To Fibromyalgia Relief
There are many different treatment plans that fall into the category of “alternative options.” These alternative options have arisen because of the need for finding treatment and relief from symptoms when traditional medical routes were not necessarily working nor providing the symptom relief that the patients needed. Many of the alternative options that are listed are not all “innovative” treatment plans, and many of these treatments have been around for long periods of time. Some of the alternative routes include the use of massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture, Myofascial release therapy, water therapy, acupressure, yoga, aromatherapy, biofeedback, as well as the use of cognitive therapies and relaxation exercises.
Massage therapy is a beneficial and non-traditional route to Fibromyalgia relief by helping to reduce stress and relax the muscles more. Massage therapy also aids in improving oxygenation and circulation, as well as flexibility.
Chiropractic care or spinal manipulation aids in restoring spinal alignment and movement thus providing relief from fibromyalgia symptoms.
This form of treatment is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that has been around for centuries. It is believed that the body’s state of well-being depends on free flowing energy that goes through 14 different paths or meridians in the body. A trained acupuncturist is able to restore the flow of energy by applying pressure with the use of very fine needles that are applied into the skin.
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release, also referred to as the “trigger point method” is a massage technique where a trained therapist used gentle and sustained pressure on the problem areas in order to release adhesions and smooth out the fascia. Myofascial Release therapy is an especially gentle form of massage that is beneficial in providing symptom relief for Fibromyalgia sufferers.
Water Therapy, otherwise known as Hydrotherapy, is an alternative form of treatment for Fibromyalgia. Hydrotherapy or water therapy uses water for submersion or exercises. Water therapy can help to reduce the strain on the joints and makes muscle movement much easier.
Acupressure is another traditional form of Chinese medicine that works along the basic lines of acupuncture. More specifically however acupressure involves the placing of physical pressure by hand, elbow, or with a specific device on the surface of the body in order to bring about pain relief by balancing and providing greater circulation of the fluids and metabolic energies in the body heat.
Yoga is one of the exercises that seems to aid in providing pain relief for Fibromyalgia sufferers. Some of the recommended poses for Fibromyalgia sufferers are the Downward Facing Dog, Tree Pose, Standing Forward Bend, and Half Moon Pose, Cobra, as well as yoga twists.
This form of therapy refers to the practice of using scents in order to treat specific conditions. There are certain aromatherapies that are specifically recommended for Fibromyalgia sufferers such as lavender, chamomile, jasmine, lemon, grapefruit, geranium, black pepper, eucalyptus peppermint, as well as juniper.
This type of treatment involves a process in which the individual can begin to gain more control over their nervous system, thus aiding in more relief from the Fibromyalgia. The most common form of Biofeedback used for the treatment of Fibromyalgia is electromyography (also called EMG).
The use of cognitive behavioral therapies are taught at individual counseling sessions or classes in order to help teach Fibromyalgia sufferers better ways to cope with the stress and emotional symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Relaxation exercises allow the individual to learn techniques to help the body relax thus aiding in both stress relief as well as the ability to diminish their sensitivity to pain.
There are quite a few supplemental therapies which have been proven highly successful in the world of Fibromyalgia treatment. Some of the most commonly used supplements are Vitamin D, Fish Oil, SAMe, Magnesium, B-Complex Vitamins, 5-HTP, as well as Brown Seaweed Extract.
As stated it is important for fibromyalgia sufferers to explore the different types of fibromyalgia treatments in order to find what works most for them on a personal level. Sometimes specific treatments individually or a combination of treatments will work the best, but whatever route is taken the end goal is to find relief from the symptoms of fibromyalgia.