Fibromyalgia can have a serious impact on your quality of life, with chronic pain, sleep problems and fatigue being common symptoms. It is no wonder that sufferers are always on the lookout for solutions that could help alleviate their symptoms.
Alternative therapies although controversial, have helped many sufferers and some studies show that some of these treatments really can help.
Let’s take a look at three kinds of alternative therapies that may be worth trying:
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine which involves inserting fine needles into specific points of the body, along what is considered to be lines of energy called meridians. These needles are sometimes gently twisted, or small amounts of electrical current are applied. It is believed that inserting the needles and stimulating these pathways clears any blockages, and releases a flow of energy called qi (pronounced chi). This helps relieve pain and ailments by restoring balance to the body.
Although acupuncture has not been taken seriously by western medicine in the past, some recent studies have shown that acupuncture can have a moderate effect on pain. The results are temporary and can vary from person to person, but some people find that it helps to relieve pain for a number of weeks.
If you would like to try acupuncture, then you can find a professionally qualified acupuncturist in your area at http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/ .
Meditation is a relaxation technique that can help you switch off from day to day stresses. Many of those who meditate claim that it can have a profound effect on your mental and physical wellbeing. The physical benefits include reduced blood pressure, pain and tension. The mental benefits include a reduction in anxiety, stress and depression.
Studies show that meditation actually produces brainwaves consistent with serenity and happiness, which could aid with the sleep problems and pain associated with fibromyalgia. There is an increasingly popular form of meditation called mindfulness, which is gaining popularity amongst fibromyalgia suffers. Mindfulness focuses on living in the present moment, promoting calm thought and therefore reducing the stress, anxiety and pain associated with the condition.
If you would like to try meditation or mindfulness, there are some great books, DVD’s and CD’s available, or you could join one of the many classes available across the UK.
Massage is the rubbing and kneading of the muscles and joints, to relieve pain and tension. Swedish massage targets the superficial layers of the muscles. A therapist will apply gentle pressure combined with kneading and rubbing in the direction of the blood flow to the heart. Deep-tissue massage targets the deeper muscle tissues, as well as rubbing and kneading of the skin. The therapist will often apply pressure with an elbow or thumb directly to tension points in the muscles in a bid to relieve pain.
Many fibromyalgia sufferers say that massage can bring much welcomed relief from their symptoms. In fact, some studies have shown that massage can lift the mood, help with pain, and in some cases reduce the need for pain medication.
If you would like to try massage, then there are several massage directories on-line or you could ask your doctor if they recommend someone in the local area.
Remember to always consult your doctor before trying a new alternative therapy.
Have you found any alternative therapies have helped with your fibromyalgia symptoms? Or do you have any therapies to suggest? If so we would love to hear from you, please comment in the box below.
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