Alternative Treatments For Fibromyalgia

Alternative Treatments For Fibromyalgia

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    Complementary therapies can be very beneficial for people with fibromyalgia (FM). These include: physical therapy, therapeutic massage, myofascial release therapy, water therapy, light aerobics, acupressure, application of heat or cold, acupuncture, yoga, relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, aromatherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, biofeedback, herbs, nutritional supplements and osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation.

    One of the most important factors in improving the symptoms of FM is for the person to recognize the need for lifestyle adaptation. Most people are resistant to change because it implies adjustment, discomfort and effort. However, in the case of FM, change can bring about recognizable improvement in function and quality of life. Becoming educated about FM gives the person more potential for improvement.

    An empathetic doctor who is knowledgeable about the diagnosis and treatment of FM and who will listen to and work with the person is an important component of treatment. It may be a family practitioner, an internist or a specialist (rheumatologist or neurologist, for example). Conventional medical intervention may be only part of a potential treatment program. Alternative treatments, nutrition, relaxation techniques and exercise play an important role in FM treatment as well. Each person should, with the input of a healthcare practitioner, establish a multifaceted and individualized approach that works for them.
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    Myofascial release therapy can be an effective treatment for fibromyalgia symptoms. It has been shown to be especially effective in reducing pain at tender points, which are a set of exceptionally sensitive spots on the body of a person with fibromyalgia. Research studies have shown that myofascial release therapy has improved physical function and lowered pain levels in people with fibromyalgia symptoms.

    If you are interested in trying myofascial release therapy to treat your fibromyalgia symptoms, talk with your doctor.
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    Several studies have examined myofascial release as a treatment for fibromyalgia. Myofascial release involves stretching body tissue to help "release" tension in the fascia, which is connective tissue that surrounds muscles. Massage therapists and physical therapists sometimes perform myofascial release to help treat fibromyalgia.

    In one study of 74 people with fibromyalgia who received myofascial release treatments, participants felt less pain, anxiety, and depression, and slept better, after one month. After six months, though, only the improvements in sleep quality persisted. However, the authors of this study and other studies have concluded that myofascial release treatments can be an excellent adjunct, or complementary, therapy for people with fibromyalgia.
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    Myofascial release is a hands-on, alternative medicine which targets chronic pain all over the body such as in fibromyalgia.  It involves a variety of massages, ranging from gentle massages to deep tissue massage that have proven to be highly effective in pain management.  Most common questions associated with this procedure are related to the pathophysiological changes associated with fibromyalgia.  Myofacial release works with the idea that surrounding every muscle, bone, and nerve system in the body is a network of fibers called fascia.  When fascia is normal, it's wavy and relaxed and able to stretch, constrict, and move around without any restrictions and pain.  However, when something in the body is injured or sore, as with fibromyalgia, the fascia bunches up in response, becomes tight and uncooperative.  The massages are meant to stretch out the bunched fascia and bring it back to it's nomal state.  It usually takes a few sessions to get rid of the pain entirely and if you skip sessions, the pain may become worst.  The longer you have lived the pain, the more sessions are required. Most long term sufferers of pain that is found in conditions like fibromyalgia, have found relief with myofascial release.
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    There is a modest amount of research suggesting that biofeedback may help manage and control symptoms of fibromyalgia. In biofeedback, electrodes are used to measure normally involuntary processes such as heart rate and muscle contractions. The information is displayed on a monitor. Eventually, the person receiving biofeedback learns to control these processes -- for instance, to change his or her heart rate or blood pressure or even levels of muscle tension and other responses to pain. One study found that a certain form of biofeedback, called electromyogram biofeedback, offered moderate relief of pain and tenderness in people with fibromyalgia.
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    II's not clear how effective biofeedback is for treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia. In biofeedback, a therapist places electrodes on your skin. These electrodes track your blood pressure, heart rate, and other biological processes you don't normally control. Information about these biological processes -- biofeedback -- appears on a monitor. With the help of a biofeedback therapist, you can learn to gain control over these processes. More research is needed on the benefits of using biofeedback for fibromyalgia symptoms.
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    Biofeedback helps you recognize how your body feels in both tense and relaxed states. In biofeedback, a therapist places electrodes on your skin. These electrodes track your blood pressure, heart rate, and other biological processes you don't normally control. Information about these biological processes -- biofeedback -- appears on a monitor.  A biofeedback therapist helps you to interpret the data on the monitor and use it to control these biological processes. The goal of biofeedback training for a person with fibromyalgia is to change how the body responds to pain.
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    Scientists at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and elsewhere have studied magnet therapy as a treatment for fibromyalgia. NIAMS scientists are using a treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), in which an electromagnetic coil is placed on the scalp. This coil administers a mild electrical current to the brain. Studies suggest that this treatment may reduce depression and ease pain in some people with fibromyalgia. More research is needed on the benefits of magnet therapy for fibromyalgia.
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    The effectiveness of magnet therapy as an additive treatment for fibromyalgia has been assessed in preliminary studies (including the use of magnetic sleep pads). Results of recent research suggest that magnetic fields may not be helpful for this condition. Better study is necessary before a firm conclusion can be drawn.

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    There is only modest evidence to suggest that magnet therapy offers any benefits for people with fibromyalgia. Magnet therapy is a form of alternative medicine that has been practiced for centuries. Magnets are known to produce a form of energy known as a magnetic field. Some proponents of magnet therapy believe that magnets placed on the body bring relief of pain by increasing the flow of blood and oxygen to tissues. However, there have only been a few small studies of magnet therapy in people with fibromyalgia. That makes it difficult to draw conclusions as to whether this treatment is effective.
     
    If you are considering magnet therapy for relief of fibromyalgia symptoms, talk to your doctor.
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