Pain Management Tips for Living with Fibromyalgia

If you live with fibromyalgia, you know that your top priorities include managing the pain and finding ways to restore your energy. At Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Beverly Hills, California, we work with many patients with fibromyalgia and we understand the toll it can take on your body and your well-being.

The challenges of fibromyalgia

The core challenges of living with fibromyalgia include dealing with widespread pain all over your body, deep fatigue (even waking up feeling exhausted), and cognitive challenges commonly referred to as “fibro fog.”

When faced with such unrelenting challenges, the only way to really live your everyday life is with a pain management plan that goes beyond conventional medical treatments. Medications commonly prescribed to treat fibromyalgia pain only provide minor relief in a small number of patients — and you’re likely to end up with intolerable side effects.

In recent years, the medical community has started to focus on non-pharmacological therapies, but that’s not news to our team at Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center. We specialize in developing treatment strategies that elevate your wellness from a constant struggle with pain to balanced pain management that doesn’t compromise your quality of life.

Here are some of our best tips:

De-stress with mindfulness meditation

We understand that living with fibromyalgia is the very definition of stress; that’s why it’s so important to find ways to release your constant tension.

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most effective ways to relieve stress and anxiety. It also reduces your pain. Meditation may even help fight fibro fog by improving your ability to concentrate.

You can start by simply taking five minutes to shut out the world, just close your eyes and do nothing but focus on your breathing. Ideally, you’ll want to build up to 20-minute periods of meditation done at least several times a week, but the goal is to eliminate stress, so don’t worry about following strict rules.

There are a variety of meditation techniques you can use. If this is your first time trying meditation, we’re here to help you find a style that works for you.

Engage in regular exercise

Exercise is probably the last thing you want to think about when you have fibromyalgia. You don’t have the energy to exercise and even the simplest movements cause pain — but the most effective treatment for fibromyalgia is exercise. Even the American College of Rheumatology says exercise should be included in everyone’s treatment.

When you have fibromyalgia, exercise helps you live well with chronic pain, builds your energy, boosts your immune system, and makes it easier to overcome flare-ups.

Start slowly, stick with low-intensity exercises, and try to choose an activity you enjoy. Most importantly, if you have any questions or you begin to experience more pain, contact us so we can keep you on track with a safe, customized exercise plan.

Take up meditative movement therapies

Tai chi and yoga are two types of meditative movement therapies that combine gentle and controlled exercise with a focus on breathing, reaching a state of relaxation, and clearing your mind of stressful thoughts.

These therapies improve the quality of your sleep, diminish your pain, and relieve fatigue, stress, and feelings of depression.

Schedule therapeutic or chiropractic massage

Therapeutic massage improves the quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia by diminishing pain and reducing anxiety. At Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we offer several types of therapeutic massage that ease muscle tension, strengthen your immune system, and relax your body.

We also take massage up a notch by combining it with hands-on chiropractic care. By combining the two therapies, you get optimal relief from tight muscles and trigger points, a better-balanced nervous system, and faster healing.

Consider acupuncture to relieve pain

As a key element of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has relieved pain for centuries, but you don’t need to rely on its outstanding history of results. Numerous current studies support acupuncture, providing overwhelming evidence that it effectively treats conditions that cause chronic pain.

Acupuncture works by restoring balance to the biological energy that flows through everyone’s body, called Qi. It also stimulates nerve activity that triggers the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters responsible for diminishing pain and reducing inflammation.

A number of other self-care techniques may also improve your pain, from making sure you’re not deficient in specific minerals and vitamins known to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms to using specialized herbs that treat pain and help you sleep.

Many of these recommendations, however, are highly individualized, so call our office or book an appointment online to get started on your customized fibromyalgia treatment plan.

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