As well as medication, there are also alternative methods to treat pain caused by fibromyalgia. In this blog, we reveal more.
The management of muscle and joint pain is important for fibromyalgia patients. In addition to medications, there are various therapies that can help to ease the pain, lighten the mind, and ease the burden of this debilitating long-term condition.
We’ve put together a list which you might find helpful:
This is the practice of using water to relieve aching muscles. This does not need to take place in a special pool to be effective. Simply soaking in a bath full of warm water is extremely pleasant and beneficial. Avoid having the water temperature too high, as it can cause your blood pressure to rise. Add essential oils or Epsom salts to help relieve deep muscular aches and pains. A warm bath before bed may also help to improve sleep.
Acupuncture involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles. This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. A course of acupuncture will usually create longer lasting pain relief than a single treatment.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, also known as TENS, is something most commonly associated with childbirth, however, can also be effective in helping to ease muscle pain and spasms in fibromyalgia sufferers. It works by stopping the pain signals from reaching the spinal cord, while also triggering the release of endorphins, which naturally relieve pain.
There is little scientific evidence that aromatherapy treatments can help in the long-term, however, many people find that it helps them to relax and feel less stressed, enabling them to better cope with their condition.
- Deep Tissue Massage
A trained massage therapist will be experienced in applying intense pressure to ensure they reach deep tissue. This will help to lessen the knots and tension in the muscles and decrease painful spasms. Ensure your therapist is aware of your condition before treatment begins.
- Heat therapy
Using heat is an excellent way to help relax muscles and encourage blood flow to areas that are particularly painful. This can be easily replicated at home using dry or damp hot towels. Simply hold the towel against the affected area until you feel relief. Alternatively, heat packs can be bought from high-street chemists. These either activate on opening or are warmed in the microwave prior to use. Always check the temperature to avoid burns.
Often referred to more simply as CBT, this is a talking therapy that aims to change the way you think about things, so you can cope with pain and tackle problems with a more positive state of mind.
Psychotherapy is another form of talking therapy that helps you understand and deal with your thoughts and feelings based on regular personal interaction with a trained specialist.
Any low-impact exercise that does not put additional pressure on the joints is good for helping with pain relief. Swimming and aqua-aerobics is especially beneficial for fibromyalgia patients.
Although the therapies outlined in this blog have been successful for some sufferers, it is important to remember that it may not work for you. It is also important to remember that we are not medical experts, therefore, it is advised that you get in touch with your local GP to arrange for an appointment. However, if you require assistance with fibromyalgia compensation claims, then our team are always on-hand to help. To find out more, call us on 0161 737 9248 or click here to fill in our online contact form.