Things One Can Try To Help Ease Discomfort
Fibromyalgia can be summed up with one simple word – pain. There is nothing like the pain of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia pain can encompass the whole body and cause the individual suffering from it serious limitations. In order to avoid limitations such as the inability to move or even have children a treatment needs to be implemented.
Fibromyalgia treatment comes in various forms and methods one being the use of medications like antidepressant medications and medications. The problem with medications is the side effects that accompany them. When a person wants to find relief without causing further health complications they must look at using a natural approach to pain relief. One technique that offers relief without the use of medications is Biofeedback and the other is the use of essential oils. Both can be effective while still staying on the safe side of treatment.
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.
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.
Essential oils can be used topically for things such as:
- A massage,
- During a bath
- Diffused into the air.
Studies have shown that there are several oils that are helpful to fibromyalgia sufferers such as:
- Roman chamomile
Using Essential Oils During Massage
For therapeutic massage, it is suggested to use 10 to 12 drops of essential oils in one ounce of carrier oil. Carrier oil can be a cold-pressed nut, seed or vegetable oil. The use of fractionated coconut oil is strongly suggested since it is clear, light and odorless. This oil also does not oxidize, so there is total skin penetration.
Lavender And Its Positive Effect
Lavender is suggested as a part of a mixture to help with pain, stress, sleep and headaches. For pain relief, many sufferers suggest combining lavender with peppermint oil and helichrysum oil. This combination is said to create an anti-inflammatory effect. Lavender alone is said to help for stress and anxiety relief. This stress relief is also said to help relax the fibromyalgia sufferer to sleep. Other helpful oils for stress relief and peaceful sleep include marjoram, neroli and jasmine. For some fibromyalgia sufferers, a combination of these oils may be most useful.
The intense and painful headaches that come with the condition of fibromyalgia can sometimes be treated with peppermint or lavender oil. Not all oils are created the same. It is best to do some research prior to purchasing any essential oils. It is also important to ensure that pure essential oils are being purchased.