Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition causing widespread pain throughout the body. It is associated with sleep pattern issues, headaches, body aches, tiredness, and stiffness.
More women than men suffer from Fibromyalgia although why is not well known. There is no specific test for Fibromyalgia, and diagnosing often takes time leaving the patient to feel a little crazy. Family members don’t always understand the pain and other symptoms which can feel isolating, and that no one understands.
It is often confused with Rheumatoid arthritis or standard joint inflammation, but the pain and symptoms are much more widespread causing soft tissue and myofascial pain.
The cause for Fibromyalgia is not known, but it is often linked to traumatic injury such as a car crash or whiplash, autoimmune disorders such as lupus or chronic fatigue syndrome, or even genetic response to pain stimuli.
Some people suffering from this condition have cyclical flare ups, noticing that certain behaviours or activities promote a cycle of pain coming on. Repetitive movements, sitting at a computer all day, gardening, and regular household chores like vacuuming, can set the pain in motion. Others experience a sense of pain that is always present.
The super important question is how to live with it?
Fibromyalgia cannot be cured, only managed. Doctors prescribe anti inflammatory medication for pain, or even a low dose antidepressant to change the pain receptors in the body.
Alternatives or additions to medication known to be beneficial…
- Sleep: Getting enough rest for your body to recover. Listening to your body, and giving it rest when it needs it.
- Hydration: Drinking enough fluids to keep your body well hydrated helps to lubricate the muscles, tissues, and joints.
- Diet: Eating a well balanced, nutritional diet. Staying away from processed foods, sugar, and caffeine. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.
- Exercise: This one is tricky. It is difficult to think about exercising when your body already aches, but movement is one of the best remedies to ease the stiffness and pain. The more you do it, the better off you are. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day. Walking counts, or try a gentle yoga class.
How we can help at Heal.
Massage Therapy and Myofascial release is crucial when dealing with a chronic pain condition. It will help to release that soft tissue that is pulled so tight causing pain.
The modalities bringing the best relief are:
Deep Tissue Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Himalayan Salt Massage
Allow us to help you feel your best. Fibromyalgia doesn’t have to be debilitating.
We’re Heal. for you.