10 Ways to Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain
Fibromyalgia hurts every minute of everyday. The disease is characterized by chronic pain that affects every part of the body, and other symptoms, like exhaustion and brain fog, only make it even more difficult.
To treat fibromyalgia and ease some of the debilitating pain, you need a combination of lifestyle changes, medication, and holistic treatment.
“Effectively treating fibromyalgia requires a combination of medication and lifestyle skills,” says Daniel Clauw, M.D. fibromyalgia expert, and director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. But a "combination of medication and lifestyle skills" could mean multiple things to different people. So, where should patients really start to treat their debilitating pain.
In many cases, you've tried everything--exhausted all of your options. We understand. If you are suffering from excruciating fibromyalgia pain, here are the suggested ways to cope. If you've tried them all, maybe it's time to revisit. If you haven't tried some of them, it might be worth exploring.
Here are just 10 of those methods that are believed to offer the most benefits:
1. Acupuncture, massage therapy, and even physical therapy can greatly relieve your pain
- Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique of traditional Chinese medicine. When done by a trained professional, acupuncture is a safe and effective way to restore balance and relieve pain. Joint pain benefits from acupuncture and treatments reduce inflammation and encourage natural functioning in your joints.
- Physical therapy is often scheduled to improve your range of motion and strengthen weak and strained muscles. A physical therapist will build you a program to manage specific pain symptoms, and will also help you with self-care techniques and methods to relieve your fibromyalgia pain on your own.
- Massage therapy can be beneficial, but often just touching someone with fibromyalgia can feel painful. “Massage must be gradually implemented,” says Dr. Clauw. Find a therapist who is gentle and understand what is happening with your body.
Read on to learn other methods that will help relieve fibro pain.