Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia
Although targeted amino acid nutritional supplementation is the treatment of choice for true fibromyalgia sometimes other conditions can co-exist with fibromyalgia that have similar pain characteristics and these need to be adequately addressed for full recovery. Or sometimes another condition such as Myofascial trigger point pain syndrome, or spinal subluxations are misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia.
True Fibromyalgia is a neuronal bundle damage disease of primarily dopamine mediated nerves. Fibromyalgia is often triggered by some stressful event like a car accident, severe infection, chemical contamination, or the culmination of many emotional stressors. These incidents damage nerves or deplete neurotransmitter levels so that nerves become hyper-excitable and our sensory pain system becomes hyper-irritable. New scientific advancements have proven a 100% effective nutritional approach for true fibromyalgia. For nutritional resolution of true fibromyalgia go to: Fibromyalgia Consults.
So in cases like a car accident or physical injury there may be unresolved, painful areas of muscle tightness that are just due to muscles that were not adequately treated with stretching, massage, and magnesium supplementation. Sometimes this is the sole problem and once it is resolved the condition disappears. At other times the accident can cause trigger points in muscles PLUS fibromyalgia. In these situations both conditions need to be addressed.
Therapeutic Massage, Trigger-point Work, Graston Technique, St. John’s Technique are all good forms of therapeutic massage that may address a myofascial component to a pain syndrome mimicking fibromyalgia or coexisting with it. Scientifically safe stretching like what is outlined in the books “Auto-Stretching” by Evjenth and Hamberg or “The Better Than Yoga Stretching Guide” by Collins can be used as a complementary adjunct to massage for better relief of pain from tight muscles. Magnesium supplementation 400-800 mg per day of magnesium malate, orotate, or aspartate also can help muscles relax. Electrical muscle stimulation and ultrasound can also help relax muscles.
A similar circumstance can occur with spinal subluxations. These are joints of the spine moving abnormally in a way that is highly irritating to nerve bundles. These are frequent components in spinal injuries and often not addressed unless a chiropractor properly evaluates the injured person. Often people are diagnosed with fibromyalgia and they really have uncorrected spinal subluxations. Once the spinal subluxations are corrected the pain syndrome can disappear. Sometimes though spinal subluxations AND fibromyalgia can coexist and both need to be treated for full resolution.
Meditation and mindfulness based pain management programs can relax the nervous system and ease the intensity of many pain syndromes including fibromyalgia. Meditation and mindfulness practices can also help us more effectively manage on-going stressful life situations so that they do not continually impede progress with other therapies. Use two of the Free Health Courses, Stress Management and Consciousness Hygiene at HealThySelfNow.com as a starting point.
Alternative treatments that probably work by the mechanism of placebo effect:
Many people take medications…either pain meds like Oxycontin, Neurontin, Vicodin, and Percocet or other pain blockers and narcotics; anti-inflammatories like Advil, Motrin, Alleve, Celebrex,; muscle relaxants like Soma; or drugs that affect neurotransmitters like Lyrica, Prozac, Zoloff, Paxil, Elavil, Ambien, and Cymbalta. These all cause long term problems, adverse side effects, and can make the problem worse.