Due to the variety of issues associated with Fibromyalgia, it can be bewildering to try and manage all of your symptoms through one treatment modality. After being diagnosed by a qualified physician and starting a medication regimen, there are other options to consider that could improve your level of daily functioning. These options are known as ‘Complementary’ or ‘Alternative Medicines’, and are known collectively as CAM.
- Massage: Therapeutic massage can improve many fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. Manual lymph drainage therapy is particularly helpful for patients who suffer from blocked or damaged lymph vessels.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture provides a pain reducing effect for many, and can also improve energy and quality of sleep. For those who suffer from numbness or tingling, acupuncture can be helpful in restoring more normal sensation in the extremities.
- Reiki: Reiki is based on Eastern medicinal practices involving the body’s natural healing energies, and the conscious direction of those energies, for fibromyalgia-related pain and mental alertness.
- Balneotherapy: Also known as ‘Bath Therapy for Health Purposes’ balneotherapy is growing in popularity due to its positive results for fibromyalgia symptoms, particularly pain, tension, stiffness, and sleep issues. It can also be utilized in conjunction with other CAM treatments for enhanced benefits.
- Tai Chi/Qi Gong: Tai Chi and the related Qi Gong both involve simple body movements, done deliberately and slowly. Most experts recommend a gentle exercise routine to help reduce fibromyalgia symptoms not only to improve function but to aid in establishing a healthy sleep cycle.
- Biofeedback: Biofeedback allows patients to have more conscious control over normal automatic and unconscious body processes, such as blood pressure, temperature, sweat, and tension. By harnessing this technique, fibromyalgia patients are often able to reduce symptoms on-the-spot, as needed, without medication or outside intervention.
Ultimately, you shouldn’t test out any CAM practice without consulting your healthcare provider. He or she may have suggestions based on your other health concerns. For example, if you have high blood pressure, balneotherapy could be counterproductive. With a combination of treatments, both traditional and complementary, many fibromyalgia patients have active, fulfilling lives. Contact us or request an appointment today.