Fibromyalgia is often referred to as a chronic condition or a syndrome involving pain. Translated it means fibro (fiber) my(o) muscle, algia (pain). It is a disorder which affects by far more women than men. While the true cause of Fibromyalgia is still uncertain there is speculation of it having something to do with genetic predisposition. Certain factors experienced over a period of time can trigger its onset including stress, anxiety and depression. While pain might be the main complaint, there are other major symptoms associated with the fibromyalgia syndrome, such as fatigue, sleeping disorder and stiff joints. But fibromyalgia doesn’t just affect the muscular system. It can block proper functioning of any body system, inhibiting proper digestive functioning for example.
Not everybody, who has been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, might experience all the same symptoms. We are all unique individuals and react differently to what we are exposed in life. If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or you think you have the classic symptoms, then your body is trying to tell you that it has been thrown off balance and needs your help to gain homeostasis again. Homeostasis is the body’s ability to keep a perfect balance.
In recent times there has been lots of research done about the effects oxygen has on our body. It was noted that our body requires a sufficient amount of oxygen to stay completely healthy. It is no wonder that stress, fear, depression change our breathing pattern, not allowing enough oxygen to enter our body, starting an on-going cycle of emotional and physical discomfort. This cycle can last for months and sometimes even turn into an ailment or condition such as Fibromyalgia.
Most people suffering from Fibromyalgia do see their medical doctors for pain management solutions. Pain is one of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. A symptom is simply a message, letting you know that your body is no longer in perfect balance. If we fight the symptoms, they keep coming back. If we fight the cause, the root of the problem, then the symptoms won’t get a chance to make an appearance.
Five Easy-To-Follow Steps That Could Change Your Life
Step 1: Consider a detox program to supply all digestive organs with the necessary nutrition to clean out debris and toxins within the digestive tract. Consider this cleanse a new start, a healthy diet made of natural and organic ingredients, such as raw vegetables and fruits, good quality meats, fish and grains. Stay away from processed foods. Diet changes can have amazing results on your physical and emotional well-being. Avoid refined sugars and sugar drinks. Drink plenty of water in between meals to promote a healthy digestion.
Step 2: Depending on your stress level, consider relaxation therapy . The best choices would be Hot Stone Massages or Lomi Lomi Massages. These techniques are known to be extremely relaxing. For that reason, they tend to release blockages deep within the body. Practice deep breathing during treatments. This will increase the amount of oxygen delivered to the cells and therefore increase the body’s healing capacity. Another very effective form of therapy I can recommend is LaStone Therapy. Due to the opposing temperatures, this type of massage will significantly increase circulation and help fight nasty trigger points (painful knots in muscles). Another amazing technique is a very ancient Japanese healing form called Jin Shin Jyutsu. It is based on the principle of traditional Chinese Medicine and a very non-invasive healing method. It releases blockages and pain patterns by harmonizing life’s energy. This method is very relaxing and absolutely pain-free.
Step 3: Most of us actually practice shallow breathing and don’t supply the body with enough oxygen. Oxygen is necessary to keep our cells healthy. Have you ever noticed the change in breathing pattern when you are under severe stress or when you are overcome with fear? Start deep breathing exercises on a daily basis. Deep breathing doesn’t just promote good health but it helps fight stress. When you inhale, make sure you extend your belly. Slowly exhale while bringing the belly back to the starting position. This is called Hara Breathing and has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years already.
Step 4: Stretching is necessary to keep structural balance, which will allow us to live with fewer muscular pains. Static Stretches should be held in position for a minimum of 30 – 60 seconds, the longer the better the results are. View your body in a big mirror, frontview and then sideview. Do you have a rounded back? Are your shoulders tilted forward? Is one shoulder sitting higher up than the other? These imbalances can have pain-producing effects on other parts of the body. For instance,a rounded back and forward-tilted shoulders are usually the result of short chest and abdominal muscles. A muscle lengthening stretching program is essential in keeping our structures healthy and painfree.
Step 5: Start an exercise program that appeals to you. Exercising will release endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters, which act as natural painkillers. Exercising will also give you a feel-good sensation, especially beneficial if you are suffering from anxiety and depression. It will allow your lungs to open up and supply your cells with plenty of oxygen which is essential for maintaining a healthy cellular system. Plus, if you have painful trigger points (knots) on your back, a back strengthening exercise program would be beneficial as it increases circulation and reduces the size of these trigger points.
Oxygen is the key ingredient in all five steps, which tells us that our cells depend on it to stay healthy and/or become healthy again. It is the food that our cells crave. Lack of oxygen is the creator of ailments. If you are serious about fighting fibromyalgia including anxiety and depression, I recommend a program that doesn’t just take care of one symptom but a program that will fight the cause of all the symptoms.
As a therapist and holistic healer I have come across many fibromyalgia patients. I have seen amazing results. The most important fact about achieving healing is that we are open to accepting a certain treatment. Otherwise, if we believe that nothing will work, we already are determined to give up and this negative energy will block the healing energy that is ready and available in our body.
If we want to fight fibromyalgia, we need to combat stress with all the weapons available to us. For that reason, I recommend starting with a program that will increase oxygen absorption, which will promote detoxification and increase metabolism, reduce painful trigger points, increase the release of endorphins, and decrease anxiety and depression. Believe in yourself and believe in the fact that our body knows how to cure itself if given the right ingredients.