Therapy And Biofeedback Two Successful Relief Options
When looking to ease the stiff muscle pain and discomfort that comes with fibromyalgia one needs to look at the two safe and effective treatment options known as Massage Therapy and Biofeedback. Both of these treatment options can offer success with pain relief if given a try. For more information on these two treatment options keep reading.
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:
- Improving Sleep
- Reducing Swelling, Pain, and Stiffness in the Joints & Muscles
- Decreasing Anxiety & Stress
- Increasing Blood Circulation
- Increasing Flexibility
- Increasing the Range of Motion
Forms of Massage Therapy Used for Fibromyalgia Treatment
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
The stressors of fibromyalgia pain can be eased using biofeedback. Biofeedback is a mind and body relaxation technique that helps fibromyalgia sufferers learn about their body’s natural internal process to control relaxation.
Biofeedback uses an electronic device to measure stress-related responses in the body. After much research biofeedback is able to help relieve many types of chronic pain, including fibromyalgia.
The electronic device is connected so that it can inform the fibromyalgia patient and the therapist when the patient is physically relaxing his or her body. Sensors are able to report muscle tension, heart rate, breathing patter, the amount sweat produced and body temperature. Some therapists are able to use a single one of these sensors, although it may be helpful to use all, to see if a fibromyalgia patient is learning to relax.
The design of biofeedback is to first teach the body how to react to stressors in a controlled environment. Once the fibromyalgia patient is able to react properly inside of a controlled environment, then he or she should be able to start reacting properly in daily life.
There are many different types of biofeedback devices: Elecromyograph, Peripheral Skin Temperature, and Elecroderm Response will be discussed below.
- EMG (Electromyograph)
The most common biofeedback therapy is the EMG. Because the EMG is used to help correct muscle pain and stiffness it can be the most useful for fibromyalgia patients. The device that is used is called an electromyograph which is able to measure the electricity given off by the patient’s muscles.
- PST (Peripheral Skin Temperature)
A less common form of biofeedback is the PST. The PST is able to measure electrical impulses given off by the flow of a patient’s blood. By doing so, it is able to give information about skin temperature.
- EDR (Elecroderm Response)
An EDR is considered sweating biofeedback. It is able to monitor electricity produced by a patient’s sweating reflexes. This form is usually used to help with anxiety and depression.
While some therapists just use one devise and type of biofeedback devices, it is most common for them to use a combination of biofeedback devices.
We have just looked at two natural fibromyalgia treatment options that are both effective as well as safe, now take it a step further and research other safe and natural treatments that can help steer you on the road to living comfortably with fibromyalgia.