Fibromyalgia is one of the leading chronic pain conditions of American people. In fact, nearly 10 million people in the U.S. alone and around 5% of the world’s population suffer from Fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and localized tenderness. Other symptoms may include depression, poor concentration, and headaches. The cause of FM is unknown, but researchers believe that genetics may play a role. Symptoms can develop after:
- psychological stress
- physical trauma
- an injury
- an illness
Fibromyalgia pain can be minor, or serious enough to interfere with daily activities. Treatment methods are available to help curb the symptoms of Fibromyalgia; however, there is no cure yet. Aside from the traditional prescriptions or recommendations for over the counter pain medications, Fibromyalgia may also be treated with anti-depressant and anti-convulsant (anti-seizure) medications. If pharmaceuticals are not helping or you want to provide supplement care for your Fibromyalgia, the following may help relieve symptoms as well.
Research has shown that people with Fibromyalgia who participated in yoga classes experienced improved mood, and less pain and fatigue. Classes typically involve gentle poses, meditation, breathing exercises, and even group discussion. The goal of yoga is to help individuals increases muscle strength and mobility, and learn different relaxation techniques.
- Upper Cervical Care
Upper cervical care is different from other chiropractic care in that there is no popping or cracking of your back. Your spine is not manipulated; instead a correct is made with the use of a painless and precise soundwave. Many patients of upper cervical care who have Fibromyalgia, have found that a simple correction to the vertebrae in their neck has helped tenfold in their pain and discomfort.
- Physical Therapy
Seeing a physical therapist can provide you with specific exercises and stretches to help improve your range of motion and muscle strength, which have been shown to help reduce pain for those with Fibromyalgia.
Simple exercise can provide numerous benefits for those with Fibromyalgia. It combats fatigue, improves energy levels, and improves muscle strength and resilience. Getting started can be difficult, so start slow and work up gradually. You may find it beneficial to combine exercise with the help of a physical therapist. Exercise has shown continuous benefit in controlled trials.
- Vitamin D Supplements
People with Fibromyalgia are commonly seen to have very low levels of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced during the body’s exposure to the sun, or it can be taken as a supplement. Vitamin D is responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, and multiple other biological effects. In a 2013 study, researchers found that people with Fibromyalgia felt physically better and experienced less fatigue when they took vitamin D supplements. Talk to your doctor before taking vitamin D supplements, as too much can be toxic – or try to get some sun for at least 30 minutes a day.