What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is widespread pain in the muscles and soft tissues above and below the waist and on both sides of the body. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome�a set of symptoms that happen together but do not have a known cause. In the United States, it's estimated that 3 to 6 million (1 in 50) people suffer from FM. The majority of sufferers are women of child-bearing age; however, people of all ages can be affected. In this syndrome, the nervous system (nerves, spinal cord, and brain) is not able to control what it feels, so ordinary feelings from your muscles, joints, and soft tissues are experienced as pain. People with fibromyalgia feel pain and/or tenderness even when there is no injury or inflammation.
Fibromyalgia does not harm your muscles, joints, or organs, and there are many things you can do to control it. When it is not controlled, you may not have any energy, or you may feel depressed or have trouble sleeping. These and other symptoms can be bad enough to cause problems with your work and home life. With treatment, most people with fibromyalgia are able to continue working and participating in daily activities.
What causes Fibromyalgia?
Experts have theories about what may cause fibromyalgia, but there is not enough evidence to support any single cause. Some think that people with fibromyalgia may have nerve cells that are too sensitive. Others think that chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters) may be out of balance. Or it may be related to problems with the deep phase of sleep.
What are the symptoms?
The main symptom of fibromyalgia is pain in the muscles, soft tissues, back, or neck. Also certain spots on the body hurt when you press directly on them. Experts call these tender points but you may also hear them called trigger points.
Natural Approaches to Managing Fibromyalgia
Since the exact causes are of Fibromyalgia are unknown, there is no single treatment. However, the following complementary and alternative therapies and self-management techniques we provide may offer relief.
- Alternative therapies. Many Fibromyalgia sufferers report success with our chiropractic care, massage therapy, osteopathy, whole body vibration therapy, Endermotherapy, and other complementary and alternative therapies we offer. Different people may respond differently to each type of treatment. It can take time, and you may have to try several different treatments, to find an approach that works for you.
- Cognitive behavior therapy. Stress reduction, and other pain management techniques can teach you to better manage pain.
- Exercise. While it may increase your pain at first, exercise may be one of the most effective treatments for Fibromyalgia. Getting consistent exercise, especially cardiovascular exercise, is one of the best ways to manage fibromyalgia.
- Better sleep. Being adequately rested is essential in fighting pain and fatigue.
- Eating a healthier diet. Although no specific diet has proven to influence Fibromyalgia, getting proper nutrition will give you more energy and help you to cope with your symptoms more effectively.
If you're interested in learning about our natural approaches to managing Fibromyalgia, we can develop a plan to help you get back on the road to feeling great please call us at 954-452-4600 for a free consultation or go ot www.getbackontothegame.com for more information on our services.