Mind-Body Pain Management for Fibromyalgia

Mind-Body Pain Management for Fibromyalgia

When it comes to fibromyalgia pain, your mind can either work for you or against you. Some people with fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain experience high anxiety and stress and may even catastrophize their pain. And that makes coping with fibromyalgia next to impossible. But you can use your mind for pain management with some simple mind-body strategies.

Laughter therapy and music therapy for fibromyalgia. Research suggests that laughter can seriously subdue chronic pain. And while more studies of fibromyalgia are needed, it's clear that, at the very least, tickling your funny bone can take your mind off of pain and other fibro symptoms. So seek out the laughs in all that you do—whether it's the movies you watch or the company you keep. An interesting, engrossing hobby can take your mind off your fibro symptoms as well. Same goes for powerful, calming music. In fact, research has shown that music therapy can decrease fibromyalgia pain.

Massage therapy for fibromyalgia. Do-it-yourself massage techniques may not only help alleviate your fibro pain but also put you in a better frame of mind. Ask your doctor or physical therapist for instructions on how to use Styrofoam rollers, tennis balls, or other do-it-yourself massage therapy tools.

Talk therapy for fibromyalgia. Group therapy or one-on-one counseling can help you view your situation in a more positive way and help you feel more empowered to handle your fibromyalgia symptoms.

Medically reviewed in August 2018.

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