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Best Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia

written by: Vasanth • edited by: Tania Cowling • updated: 4/21/2011

Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by musculoskeletal pain. Chiropractic treatment and massage therapy are among the best fibromyalgia natural treatment options. Acupuncture and stress management are two more natural treatments for fibromyalgia.

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    What is Fibromyalgia?

    Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder characterized by pain, fatigue, memory problems, and mood swings. It usually begins after an injury, surgery, or infection. The condition may be caused by improper processing of pain sensations in the brain.

    Traditional methods for treating fibromyalgia mainly consists of medications. Acetaminophen, tramadol, and ibuprofen are usually prescribed to treat the pain. Anti-depressants such as duloxetine and milnacipran are used to treat pain and fatigue. Amitriptylin is given to individuals that can't sleep. Several anti-seizure medications are prescribed for the pain associated with fibromyalgia including pregabalin and gabapentin.

    There are a number of natural treatment options for fibromyalgia. Acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, massage therapy, and stress management are some of the alternatives to medications. These treatments are designed to relieve pain and reduce stress.

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    Acupuncture

    Acupuncture is derived from traditional Chinese medicine. It utilizes tiny needles to improve the flow of energy through the body's meridians. A certified practitioner will insert several needles into the skin at various areas of the body. The body will react by releasing endorphins. Although not conclusive, the practice is believed to increase pain tolerance in those with fibromyalgia. A related procedure utilizes small electrical currents to stimulate the acupuncture points. Laser acupuncture is another option which is traditionally used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome.

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    Chiropractic Treatment

    Chiropractic treatment is among the best fibromyalgia natural treatments that ease pain and increase the range of motion of joints. The main focus of chiropractic treatments for fibromyalgia is spinal adjustments. It relieves pain and promotes healing by increasing the flexibility of the spinal column. The goal is to return the bones to a normal position. The process usually involves forceful twisting or compressions by a certified chiropractor.

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    Massage Therapy

    Massage therapy is another natural treatment for people with fibromyalgia. It increases blood flow and relieves tension in muscles. The licensed massage therapist will use rubbing and kneading techniques to stimulate circulation in the muscles. For more penetrating force, the therapist will use deep tissue massage. This is particularly effective at relieving fibromyalgia pain associated with muscle tension.

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    Biofeedback

    Biofeedback is a natural alternative to medications for the treatment of fibromyalgia. It involves recognizing the signs of stress and pain of fibromyalgia so that you can better cope with it when it recurs. It is a relaxation technique as well as a learning tool, which prepares you for dealing with the stress associated with the condition.

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    Meditation

    Meditation is also another one of the best fibromyalgia natural treatment options - a great way to relax the body and mind. Yoga and tai chi utilize slow movements and breathing techniques to relieve symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. By reducing stress and anxiety through meditation, the pain associated with fibromyalgia becomes more tolerable.

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    Reference

    1. "Fibromyalgia and Alternative Treatments." WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/natural-therapies-and-alternative-treatments-for-fibromyalgia

    2. "Fibromyalgia." Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibromyalgia/DS00079