Fibromyalgia can take a huge toll on one’s quality of life. The chronic pain experienced by fibromyalgia patients can make even the simplest of tasks feel like an insurmountable hill to be climbed.

Sadly, many fibromyalgia patients believe that the only way to treat their chronic pain symptoms is through the use of pharmaceuticals. While it’s true that pain medications can help to ease symptoms, they carry with them many risks, including toxic side effects and the risk of addiction.

There are more natural options for those who wish to handle their fibromyalgia symptoms without resorting to pharmaceuticals. Here are three holistic approaches to fibromyalgia pain management.

Yoga and Exercise

When your pain symptoms are flaring up, the idea of participating in physical activity sounds horrific. However, when your pain symptoms are mild or subdued, engaging in physical activity can have some serious preventative benefits. Yoga is especially beneficial, as it increases flexibility and can help to relieve any tightness of the muscles that you may be experiencing. When you’re living with fibromyalgia, it can be tempting to retreat from excess movement and just curl up on the couch, but exercise can be massively impactful in remedying your pain symptoms.

Infusion and Massage

There are alternative treatments you can try, particularly acupuncture and massage. Acupuncture works to stimulate the muscles with the use of ultra-fine needles. While it sounds a little scary, it’s relatively painless and can have numerous benefits. Massage helps to loosen the muscles and relieve chronic pain.
Ketamine infusion is used to help chronic pain services for chronic pain. This is not only a holistic approach, but one that may help support your pain management.

Stress Reduction

Many fibromyalgia patients report that they often experience pain symptoms whenever they’re particularly stressed. Stress can sometimes be unavoidable, but trying to reduce the amount of stress you experience can help to reduce your pain. Practice meditation and mindfulness to change how you react to the things that commonly create stress, such as the pressures of work and school. Consider bowing out of any unnecessary obligations that cause you undue stress; remember, there’s nothing wrong with prioritizing your health and wellness.

Dealing with fibromyalgia can be challenging. Anyone who’s dealt with chronic pain knows what a negative impact it can have on your whole life. However, there are options out there for pain management beyond what you might be prescribed by a doctor. Keep your options open and always stay optimistic about your future and your health.

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Kara Masterson

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