From chronic pain to unending fatigue, the symptoms of fibromyalgia are particularly frustrating for those who suffer. Not only can it be difficult to carry on normal daily tasks when you suffer from fibromyalgia, but it can also be disheartening to hear from your doctor that there is no real cure or understanding of the best way to treat fibromyalgia. Because of the complexity of this disorder and the wide variances among those who suffer from its harrowing symptoms, many doctors simply throw a few medications your way and wish you the best.
If painkillers and other medications have not been the right solution for you or a loved one with fibromyalgia, it might be time to take a whole-body approach. Here at Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, we use advanced laboratory work and functional medicine to identify the root cause of Fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders. Our team of experienced practitioners will work with you to find a holistic approach to healing and improving your daily life. No two people suffering from fibromyalgia are exactly alike, so schedule an appointment with our team to find out what the best path for your particular needs will be. The following are just a few of the ways we can help you employ a whole-body approach to fighting fibromyalgia.
Improving Your Diet
One place to begin your whole-body approach to fighting fibromyalgia is to take a look at your current diet. For many who suffer from this disorder, pain is not the only troublesome symptom they face. You might also have digestive issues that accompany chronic pain and fatigue. While changes in your diet alone might not rid you entirely of your symptoms, improving what you eat can go a long way in decreasing symptoms.
Common foods to avoid when you suffer from fibromyalgia include gluten, wheat, dairy, and sugar. Reducing these foods or ridding your diet entirely of them can help you improve your digestive system’s function. This can also lead to decreased pain as your body enjoys a reprieve from these triggering foods. Adding in more leafy greens and lean proteins can go a long way in allowing your body access to the nutrients it needs for healing and energy.
Food sensitivity testing is an effective tool that we use to identify which foods are contributing to your symptoms. A simple blood draw is all it takes to know exactly how to change your diet for decreased fibromyalgia symptoms.
Meditation and Massage
Fibromyalgia causes pain throughout the body, which means fibromyalgia patients need a solution that can work for any part of the body. Recent studies suggest that mindful meditation can be a helpful way to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms throughout the body. Meditation can help reduce stress, which allows you to calm mind and body and can help reduce symptoms of pain. Similarly, massage therapy is a great solution for those with fibromyalgia because it naturally helps relax the body and works to reduce the pain and tenderness associated with fibromyalgia flare-ups.
Stress is often a trigger for fibromyalgia pain, so using natural techniques like meditation and massage therapy to manage stress can help provide relief. Better still, these are all-natural treatments, so they can be used as often as needed. Reducing physical and mental stressors is important to treating fibromyalgia pain because stress can lead to poor sleep, meaning the body doesn’t have as much of an opportunity to repair itself. Using meditation and massage therapy to reduce stress not only helps with pain in the short term, but it can also help fibromyalgia patients feel more relaxed and less stressed, get more restful sleep, and experience less pain over time.
For alleviating the pain that often comes with fibromyalgia, acupuncture can be an excellent treatment to implement. Here at our functional medicine center in Peoria, we offer acupuncture as an option for those who are seeking relief from a variety of pain conditions. Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that balances your energy while stimulating natural healing in your body. The increased blood flow that acupuncture stimulates aids in the reduction of inflammation in the tissues. Thus, the pain of fibro can be greatly reduced.
For those who suffer from fibromyalgia, acupuncture can be utilized as part of a holistic plan for pain relief and healing. Whether you have been suffering from fibromyalgia for years, with no real pinpointed beginning or you recently went through something traumatic and now suffer from fibromyalgia, we can work with you to implement acupuncture into your holistic treatment plan.
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Need help fighting fibromyalgia with a whole-body approach? We invite you to contact our team and learn more about how we can work with you to reduce pain and improve healing in your body.