Dealing with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be extremely frustrating. Not only is it extremely difficult to diagnose but many Western Medical Physicians have a difficult time treating sufferers with traditional medical treatments. As such, many CFS and Fibromyalgia suffers, seek alternative treatments in order to relieve symptoms. In this article, we will discuss the most popular alternative treatment methods and how you can use them to treat and beat Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndromes once and for all.
Acupuncture: It is a treatment method that uses extremely fine metallic needles in specific points of your body or "acupoints". These needles are relatively painless and are inserted into your body and remain there for up to 15 minutes. Although it is not certain how this treatment works, many medical professionals believe that acupuncture relieves pain by blocking the pathways that send painful signals through our bodies and may also increase endorphins (group of peptide hormones that bind to opiate receptors found in the brain). In addition, some professionals believe that acupuncture unblocks "chi or life forces" that drive our emotions and physical body. Either way, acupuncture has been known to be an effective method for treating and beating your CFS and Fibromyalgia symptoms.
Acupressure: This treatment is similar to acupuncture and also focuses on unblocking "energy pathways". However, during acupressure, needles are not used, instead your therapist uses her fingers, hands, knuckles and palms to unblock the "energy pathways". The patient, in turn, is then thought to experience a decrease in painful symptoms and more energy.
Biofeedback: This treatment operates on the belief that your body and mind are so connected that you can influence your healing and relieve symptoms through your own willpower. That is, with biofeedback, you learn how to consciously control your involuntary responses such as heart rate, brain waves, and muscle contractions so that your body remains at a relaxed state. During a session, a trained therapist electronically monitors your involuntary functions and you receive feedback in the form of a visual, auditory, or tactile signal (lights or beeps). With practice, you learn how to reduce the "feedback or amount of lights and beeps" and relax your body's electrical impulses in order to reduce your symptoms.
Cranio Sacral: This non invasive procedure was developed by Dr. John Upledger in 1970. During a session, your therapist will carefully evaluate your cranial rhythmic impulse by placing their fingertips on specific areas of your body. They will then use gentle palpations on your head, neck, and spine in order to restore balance. In essence, your professional will gently palpate your bones to restore a healthy cranial rhythmic impulse for optimal health.
Gentle Yoga: This practice is a Hindu system of exercise that uses gentle stretches to obtain a strong connection between your mind and body. By stretching your muscles and ligaments, you are able to reduce your pain and learn how to increase your coping mechanisms.
Meditation: This technique focuses on your breathing and mind in order to obtain a specific goal. When used to beat or treat Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, people report that they feel more focused and are better able to cope with their condition.
Massage Therapy: With this hands-on treatment, the therapists uses her hands to help relax and loosen painful and tight muscles to increase circulation. In addition, massages are thought to enhance the production of certain pain blockers (including endorphins, serotonin, and norepinephrine) which may in fact counteract pain. Some popular massage techniques used to beat and treat Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are Swedish, Hot stones and Deep Tissue.
Myofascial release or "trigger points" therapy: This technique is quite similar to acupressure but with Myofascial Release, professionals work on palpable knots in your muscles. They too use their fingers, hands, knuckles and palms to relieve any "knots" or trigger points. In essence, they locate the painful point and hold it for about 40 seconds and then slowly release the pressure. They then follow up by massaging the area. This is thought to relive the pain and facilitate the healing process.