Natural Alternatives To Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain
Within the past decade more acceptance has been given to the term Fibromyalgia, the description given to patients dealing with widespread muscular pain and tenderness. These symptoms can also be associated with fatigue, insomnia, and depression. While there have been recent releases of medications targeted to rid bodies of the pain – there’s more important work to be done. Why are bodies feeling this much pain? What’s the cause?
Although no definitive cause of Fibromyalgia has been established, the major theory is that the pain is caused by an overreaction of nerve impulses to the muscles. The body is in an inflamed, oversensitive state and therefore is not functioning normally. Getting rid of the pain can be achieved by restoring function and balance to the body. For healthier alternatives to restoration, take a peek at the list below!
Similar to the pain and decreased function associated with arthritis, movement can be key in helping reduce pain and improve functionality in fibromyalgia suffers. Studies suggest that a gradual increase in aerobic exercise may be most effective, not only helping with pain but also improving mood and energy levels. Working up to 30 minutes per day of moderate intensity activity which can include walking, hiking, swimming, stair climbing, etc. is recommended.
Some chronic pain specialists have also suggested fibromyalgia symptoms can be associated with a chronic low grade infection. Exercise helps improves the body’s ability to kill these bacteria. Hitting the sauna after your workout to sweat can also help release toxins associated with these bacterial infections.
Low levels of magnesium in the diet can lead to fibromyalgia type symptoms like fatigue and muscle weakness or twitching. Insomnia is also a common symptom of fibromyalgia suffers which may actually perpetuate a magnesium deficiency. Supplementing with magnesium is an option to increase your levels but absorption is something to consider. Liquid magnesium supplements like magnesium chloride, gluconate, and citrate may be the best option especially since foods grown today may have depleted magnesium levels of their own. Another way to increase your magnesium levels is with regular Epsom salt baths by absorption through the skin. On top of that who doesn’t feel better after relaxing in a hot bath?
More research is surfacing on the multi-faceted powers of Vitamin D. This vitamin is actually a hormone and is crucial in maintaining many normal body functions. It has been shown to be effective in helping to reduce muscle pain as well as fatigue. The best way to naturally increase your Vitamin D levels is to get daily sunshine (without sunscreen) for 20 minutes. But since for most of us sunshine isn’t available year round, supplements are the next best way to increase levels. Vitamin D3 is the active form and liquid varieties are also available which may help improve absorption.
What we eat has a big impact on the function of our body and the state of our health. If you look at the food labels of most products on our grocery store shelves you’ll see high fructose corn syrup, wheat, corn, soy, and many different preservative or additives. Chances are if what you’re eating is coming out of a bag, box, or can – it’s promoting the inflammation that’s going on in your body. Cleaning up your diet is no easy task but by reducing the pro-inflammatory ingredients you can make huge health gains. As a good first step, stick to the outer edges of the grocery stores. This is where you can find organic produce like green leafy vegetables and berries, as well as grass-fed meats, eggs, and dairy products. Staying away from processed grains and refined sugars is another big step in the right direction. For a more structured approach consider working with a wellness practitioner to find underlying food allergies followed by an individualized diet plan to help further reduce inflammation.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic
By the time most people have reached adult age, they’ve had a significant enough accident or series of accidents that have damage the soft tissues that hold their body in the proper alignment. When this happens, the spine shifts into an unstable position affecting nerve function between the brain and the body. With a condition seemingly caused by overactive nerves, it is vital to have your nervous system function checked. Upper cervical chiropractors are specifically trained to detect this misalignment that affects your nerve function. They deliver a gentle correction to restore the body to its proper alignment so that the brain and body can communicate without irritation on the nerves. Side effects of this power adjustment? Improved nervous system function, decreased pain, improved sleep, and increased energy.
Although all of these options may be beneficial on their own, what you may find most effective is a combination of a few or all of the above. Start layering them in. Making small steps towards improving total health can be beneficial in reducing chronic pain from fibromyalgia!
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