Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition, but it also has a whole host of other symptoms that can make it even more debilitating. For example, patients may struggle with cognitive symptoms, depression and anxiety, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, and more. Medications are hit and miss in their usefulness, and they may also cause a number of unwanted side effects that only add to the problem. With that in mind, we’ve compiled these tips for seeking natural fibromyalgia relief.
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When you are already in pain all the time, you don’t need to add inflammation. That makes an anti-inflammatory diet a good idea. Avoid things like processed or fast foods which are riddled with everything that can cause inflammation. While refined sugar is bad for inflammation, artificial sweeteners are even worse, so don’t swap one bad thing for another.
Also, there are some healthy foods that reduce inflammation like ginger and turmeric. Bay leaves are also good for reducing pain. You can rub the oil directly on sore joints or soak the dry leaves to make a tea. Just remember that straight bay leaf oil is concentrated enough to be toxic. Also, always consult a physician before changing your diet or adding supplements to ensure your changes won’t affect any medications or other health conditions.
This can be tough when you are tired and in pain, but activity is a must. Sedentary joints just get stiffer and stiffer, and if you start to put on weight due to lack of activity, those pounds are going to wear on the joints even more. So how can you stay fit when your health restricts your activity? Here are a few tips:
Exercise also releases hormones in the body that make you feel good, so as long as you don’t overexert yourself, this is a great way to reduce pain. Just be sure to check with a doctor when changing your exercise routine.
Sleep is tough to come by for many fibromyalgia patients, but it is necessary for controlling pain. When you lack sleep, the central nervous system (CNS) actually experiences pain more sharply, so your pain levels can increase and create a cycle that makes it even tougher to sleep. Here are a few tips to help:
Stress hormones can have negative effects on the body both when they spike and when they suddenly drop off after the stressful situation is over. The key is to control stress since you can’t avoid it altogether. From going on a day trip when you have a good day to taking up a hobby you can perform at home, there are plenty of positive ways to cope with stress. Don’t underestimate the positive effects of talking out your feelings, whether it be with a loved one or a professional.
You want your CNS to be in tip-top shape when you are dealing with chronic pain. That means your atlas (C1) needs to be properly aligned. Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in gentle and safe adjustments of the atlas. This may improve blood flow to the brain, brainstem function, and prevent cerebrospinal fluid from pooling and increasing intracranial pressure. In short, an atlas misalignment can be at the source of many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, and a number of patients have been helped in case studies.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, correcting an upper cervical misalignment may be just the boost your body needs to fight back. Schedule an appointment with an upper cervical practitioner today to learn if your atlas could be at the heart of the issue. A no-obligation consultation may be your first step toward getting greater control back of your health and your life.
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