From hauling and stacking firewood for the winter as a child, to being a personal trainer, painter, landscaper and an over-all do-it-your-self adult, my life and work have always consisted of physical activity. After working a painting job a few years ago, I developed a pins-and-needles feeling in the back muscle portion of my right shoulder that extended up through the right side of my neck. Due to the fact I am right handed, I thought I had just over-worked that muscle area. As time went on, the pain gradually got worse, including when my activity wasn’t quite as strenuous. It has now reached a point where I can’t even turn my head, lift my arm, or touch the skin on that part of my body when I have a flare-up.
Fortunately, the worst of my Fibromyalgia is mainly activity-induced, though many people find no points of relief in the pain. Sadly, many doctors do not recognize Fibromyalgia as a real condition, therefor there are very few clinical studies and no known cure but for those of us who have it and can’t just simply stop working. W e have to find ways of relieving and preventing the pain (for the most part) ourselves.
- Natural Pain Relieving Creams and Sprays– Look for products that contain Capsaicin. Capsaicin comes from pepper plants and the warmth it provides relieves and relaxes tense, tight muscles, therefore allowing your painful nerve-endings a chance to loosen and rest. Capsaicin is also helpful on other sore muscles and/or muscle injuries. This proves to be very helpful for me on the go and during the times I can’t simply stop for an extended period of time. It helps to relax my tight muscles and somewhat numbs the pins-and-needles feeling (temporarily).
- Bone Adjustment– Often, our bones can shift and relocate without us having any knowledge of it. Just as a tension headache or shortened limb can occur as the result of being out of wack, so can Fibromyalgia flare-ups. The bones push and/or pull our nerves causing irritation and inflammation. Do bone supporting exercises or visit your chiropractor to determine if this is a potential cause for some of your pain. In my case, neck exercises and right-arm-rotations work well. After several hours of working over my head, these exercises help me maintain a little more flexibility and prevent my muscles from drawing-up so tightly I can hardly stand to move them.
- Massage Therapy– Though this technique can be one of the most difficult to withstand due to the pain that comes from just simply touching the inflamed area, it can also be one of the most rewarding. Massage therapy relieves muscle tightness and encourages relaxation, which are two very important factors in relieving Fibromyalgia pain. Because relief typically doesn’t require a deep-muscle massage (though it may be required depending on the severity of your pain), this technique can also double as a bonding experience between you and your partner. I personally prefer this treatment at the end of a day. It works best for me when my body is completely relaxed for an extended period of time after my neck and shoulders have been massaged. Most times, the first three or four minutes are almost unbearable due to the pain that comes from just simply touching the area but after a few more minutes, I notice a great difference.
- Acupuncture– According to Everyday Health, acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical procedure (TCM) that is believed to remove energy imbalances and blockages in the body, in turn, restoring health. Unlike medical needles, acupuncture needles are solid, not hallow, acting somewhat like a lightning rod does; allowing energy to travel through it. The act of piercing the skin with these needles is said to allow tension and stress to leave the body through these channels, likewise, allowing good elements to enter.
As a note, I am not a medical doctor nor am I qualified to give medical treatment or information. This article is based only on my personal experience, knowledge, and research. Please contact medical personal for treatment and/or diagnosis. Though these treatments have helped me and others, there are no permanent or long-term cures for Fibromyalgia at this time.
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