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How to reduce symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition accompanied by pain from mild to severe. The term fibromyalgia translates literally as "fiber muscle pain". It is more than just pain. Pain is only the symptom. Fibromyalgia also affects more women than men. While the true cause of Fibromyalgia is still somewhat unknown there is speculation of it having something to do with genetic predisposition. It is also believed that certain factors such as stress, anxiety and depression experienced over a longer time can trigger its onset. While pain might be the main complaint there are other major symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, such as fatigue, sleeping disorder and stiff joints, for instance.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia to this day according to medical doctors. Nevertheless, it is thought that the lack of sufficient oxygen supply to cells can affect our body very negatively. It is a fact that stress, fear, depression all change our breathing pattern. On-going stress and a lack of oxygen can trigger the onset of pains, emotional as well as physical. It can start with a little trigger point and turn into chronic back pain, for instance.
Oxygen plays an important part in our health. It also improves our metabolism and toxin removal. Toxins cause build-up, and years and years of build-up can have a negative effect on the health of our body. That is why body cleanses have such a positive effect on our health, even that of people suffering from fibromyalgia.
Since the beinning of my studies to become a health nutrition counselor I hear the same thing over and over in every chapter. People are overacidic, malnourished and suffer too much stress. Not getting the right amount of nutrition and allowing free radicals to do the damage has a very negative effects on the body. Eating a salad and some fruit and veggies won't garantee you health anymore. It takes a lot more than that especially if you are under a lot of stress. Your current mental and physical health have to be evaluated to determine what your body needs.
Fact is though that if you commit to a soft body cleansing program your health issues can be reduced significantly. You could experience less muscular pain and increase your nutrition absorption a great deal to help your body rejuvenate.
Start with a body cleanse
A gentle body cleanse that is based on ph-balanced nutrition will offer the body all the necessary help so it can reset itself. A body cleanse, if done right, will remove years of toxin build-up and allow nutrition to be absorbed more efficiently. A ph-balanced diet can have amazing results on your physical and emotional well-being. A wonderful technique that would support a body cleanse is a manual lymph drainage. A manual lymph drainage will remove toxins that are stuck within lymph nodes.
A body cleanse consists of a neutralization phase and a cleansing phase. The neutralization phase lasts 14 days, sometimes longer, depending on the severity of your toxin build-up. The cleansing phase can last several weeks. Any body cleanses or body detox as they are also referred to that last only one week are a waste of your time and money. If you start cleansing right at the start your results won't be quite as noticeable. By the way, a quick body detox will only cause more stress on the body. More stress means more toxins. So if you want to do it right, then you need to give yourself time. At last, it did not take one week to get all this build-up. A gently body detox can be found here.
Include Relaxation Therapy
Depending on your stress level, consider relaxation therapy in the form of massage therapy. Speak with your therapist about your pain tolerance level. If you are very sensitive to touch, there are very light-touch modalities that can promote deep relaxation releasing 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.
Practice Deep Breathing as often as you can
Most of us actually practice shallow breathing and don't supply the body with enough oxygen. Oxygen is necessary to keep our cells healthy. 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.
Stretching & Exercise
Stretching is a great way to keep a good posture, which will allow us to live with fewer muscular pains. Stretch for 60 seconds, the longer the better the results are. Do you have a rounded back? Stretch your chest and arm muscles daily.
Start an exercise program that your body can handle. Exercising will release endorphins. Endorphins are natural pain killers, temporarily giving you this feel-good sensation. Exercising will allow your lungs to open up and supply your cells with plenty of oxygen which is essential for maintaining a healthy cellular system.
As a therapist and holistic healer I have come across many people. The most important fact about fighting this debilitating condition is to be open and willing to accept treatment. Otherwise, if we believe that nothing will work, nothing will truly work as this negative energy will block the healing energy that is ready and available in our body.
A caring touch by ways of a soft massage won't cure fibromyalgia but it has a calming effect on the nervous system and can reduce some pains. This is truly a great thing to receive even during a body cleanse as it supports your goal in getting better and in releasing toxins. Anybody suffering from fibromyalgia knows how sensitive they are to touch. Nevertheless, touch is essential. Offering a nurturing and gentle massage with Arnica will release endorphins and can reduce temporary pains associated with Fibromyalgia. You don't have to be a massage therapist to rub some Arnica oil into somebody's painful muscles. Use slow gliding motions guiding your movements always in the direction of the heart.