When you have fibromyalgia, it can help to think outside the box. Several natural and non-drug remedies have been shown to help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms. Of course, there is no one remedy that works for everyone. Read on to find out more about these natural remedies. ...
Studies suggest that listening to relaxing music for just an hour during the day can help decrease your pain. University of Granada researchers have shown that music therapy, combined with other relaxation techniques based on guided imagery, significantly reduces pain, depression, and anxiety, and improves sleep among patients with fibromyalgia; thus, enhancing patients' quality of life.
For many patients dealing with depression, anxiety, or stress, yoga can be a very appealing way to relieve symptoms. Indeed, the scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health are not just closely allied but are basically equivalent. The evidence is growing that practicing yoga is a relatively low-risk, high-yield approach to improving overall health.
According to a study published in the journal Spine, people with lower-back pain who did two months of twice-weekly yoga reported a 42 percent reduction in pain levels and a 46 percent reduction in their depressive symptoms.
This echoes findings from the University of York in the UK, which revealed that regular yoga practice resulted in less pain and more confidence in daily tasks that had been unmanageable.
NOTE: Although many forms of yoga practice are safe, some are strenuous and may not be appropriate for everyone. Elderly patients or those with mobility problems may want to check first with a clinician before choosing yoga as a treatment option.
Meditating can also be very helpful in helping take away the pain. It helps keep you focused on the now, so you are not worrying about the past or future but staying in the moment and relaxing. A study by researchers from the University of Manchester found that people who meditate regularly found the pain to be less unpleasant, most likely because they spent less time thinking about it.
Good nutritional choices can help relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia as well as rebuilding health. Consistently eating healthy food can make a significant difference in your health and pain levels. If you eat to rebuild wellness, you can eventually reverse more symptoms than you realize. Highly processed and high-sugar foods, such as pastries, French fries, candy, soda, fast food, etc., can cause inflammation in your body, whereas most fruits and vegetables are natural anti-inflammatories.
Strive to eat a well-rounded diet that includes mostly fruits, vegetables, organic meat and poultry, and sprouted nuts. Choose organic fruits and vegetables when possible and always choose fresh or frozen food instead of boxed or canned.
Dr. Josh Axe says these are the top 5 supplements for fibromyalgia.
- Magnesium (500 mg daily) – Fibromyalgia has been linked to a mineral deficiency. It also helps relax the nerves and muscles.
- Fish Oil (1,000 mg daily) – The anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil will help reduce pain.
- Vitamin D3 (5,000 IU daily) – Vitamin D deficiency can exacerbate autoimmune conditions.
- D-Ribose (5g 3x daily) – Helps alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia by improving cellular energy.
- Rhodiola and Ashwagandha (500-1000 mg daily) – Adaptogen herbs help improve metabolic function and reduce stress.
According to findings published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, taking turmeric extract for eight to 12 weeks can reduce pain and inflammation as it acts in a similar way to the common pain-relief medication ibuprofen.
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