Three Alternative Treatment Options
Why does everyone run to their medical professional and beg for a prescription? The reason that most run towards prescription medications has to do with the fact that with the use of prescriptions there is no inconvenience involved, only a simple swallowing of a pill and BAM pain relief is supposed to occur. Though prescription medications may seem like an easy answer to the complicated condition known as fibromyalgia that is not always the case. Fibromyalgia is very painful and can have a long-lasting if not forever effect on an individual but that does not mean it is the best and only treatment option.
Prescription medications can cause several side effects. Not only does the patient place his or her body in harm’s way by using medications they also run the risk of the medications not working thus placing foreign substances in the body that did not even need to be there. Using and alternative such as massage, chiropractic adjustments or aromatherapy will decrease personal complications and increase the chance for relief.
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
Chiropractic care regularly falls within the category of alternative treatment; however it is becoming much more accepted by both the mainstream medical community as well as an acceptable form of Fibromyalgia treatment. The main determination behind the concept of chiropractic care is to aid in lessening symptoms of pain and other issues by correcting any imbalances in the skeletal configuration. The forms of adjustment of the skeletal structure are made through techniques such as stretches, adjustments, as well as manipulations where the imbalance can be restored and results in lessening of symptoms.
Chiropractic care as used for Fibromyalgia treatment has become increasingly more popular because of the ability for chiropractic care to benefit the Fibromyalgia sufferer and offer pain and stress relief that is so often related to Fibromyalgia. Many Fibromyalgia sufferers suffer from ongoing backaches, foot pain, or leg cramps, and chiropractic care can aid in lessening those symptoms.
Fibromyalgia syndrome is an extremely difficult disorder to have to endure. As a result, more and more fibromyalgia patients are looking towards alternative treatments to help reduce their symptoms and manage their fibromyalgia syndrome.
Coping with fibromyalgia is particularly difficult because the symptoms are invisible as well as chronic and a person can’t simply “get over” fibromyalgia with the passage of neither time nor wishful thinking, no matter how much they may want to. So therefore, among other alternative methods, aromatherapy promises to help fibromyalgia sufferers decrease their pain, while improving their mood and outlook on life.
Oils can help individuals with fibromyalgia, How?
- They can relieve the pain of fibromyalgia – The pain relief people experience is repeatedly noticeable and swift. This in itself is a most wonderful thing because pain can be taken care of naturally, decreasing the risk of the unwanted side effects as well as reducing the possibility of addiction to painkillers.
- Oils can have an obvious effect on one’s psychological and emotional state. Oils have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, therefore positively affecting the mind. Oils have the potential to:
- Relieve anxiety
- Improve sleep
- Increase concentration
- Relieve depression.
- Can relieve many of the neuropsychiatric and emotional problems associated to this condition
Aromatherapy is becoming more and more popular because of the effects that aromatherapy appears to have on pain sensation and mood. Aromatherapy is administered in different ways, which can include:
- Inhalation: direct as well as indirect, and dilution:
- massage oils
- water sprays
- bath salts