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Alternative Treatments For Fibromyalgia

Are there 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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  • A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    There are so many alternative treatments for fibromyalgia that your biggest challenge is to choose one that works and that you are comfortable with. According to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the alternative treatments that have the best evidence for effectiveness for fibromyalgia are aerobic exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), strength training, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, and balneotherapy (bathing in mineral-rich water). That's not to say these are all proven to be effective, but there is some evidence that they may help. Always talk to your doctor before starting any alternative treatment program.
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