Most people have heard of fibromyalgia before, but aside from being a funny word and something medical, that is pretty much where most people’s knowledge ends.
For those unaware, fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. What that translates to and are some of the most common symptoms are excessive pain and an inability to sleep, often as a result of the pain.
For centuries, the go-to treatment for pain has been medication, but in recent years, the world over has been seeing a shift away from opiates and other painkillers due to their addictive and harmful properties that have many questioning if the treatment is worse than the illness.
While the intentions are good whenever doctors, scientists and the medical community seek alternative, less harmful treatment, it still leaves many wondering, especially those suffering, exactly what options are left available to them.
To many, this question period is short lived, especially when doctors suggest a proactive, physical regime as a means to battle the effects of fibromyalgia. Although there are still many skeptics who are left wondering how exactly physical activity and fitness can help them or those afflicted by the condition.
The answer for that question is long and complicated, but there are some basics that you should know before you dismiss the value behind this very promising alternative.
The fact remains that many (at least a large enough amount worth noting) of the people who suffer from fibromyalgia aren’t physically fit. Often it is of no fault of their own as they have chosen to avoid exercise for fear of the pain associated with.
However, low impact, aerobic exercises have proven to be incredibly beneficial in the promotion of symptom-free living and managing the existing symptoms.
When a person regularly exercises, the body releases endorphins, which act as natural painkillers that also boost mood. This can have a two-fold impact on fibromyalgia as the condition is closely linked with depression and as any sufferer can testify, often involves a lot of pain.
Stiffness of joints and muscles is another often debilitating symptom of fibromyalgia, and it is through exercise and physical therapy that mobility can be restored and pain can be managed throughout the body.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia and are unhappy with your current treatment plan, it is important to speak to your healthcare professional about alternatives that might be available. More and more sufferers are turning everyday to fewer invasive, and alternative solutions to mitigating and handling their condition.
It is important to note that when implementing a physical activity regime, it is important to start of slow and easy your body into it. You should meet with a professional, and they can help you develop a treatment plan that will hopefully have you gain back much of your mobility, lessen pain, and most importantly; help lessen your dependency on harmful and habit-forming drugs.