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Alternative Energy Treatments for Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that is not only painful, but leaves its victim with severe fatigue that affects their quality of life. Although medications can help the person with fibromyalgia many people seek out alternative forms of treatment that can help them feel even better. These alternative treatments will be discussed below.

Chiropractic care: A chiropractor may be able to help diminish the pain and increase mobility of the fibromyalgia patient. A chiropractor is trained to relieve neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, headaches, and muscular pain through motions applied to the pressure points of the body. He or she does this by ways of stretching, gentle pressure and thrusts with the use of hand adjustments.

Massage therapy: A massage therapist can help to improve circulation and stimulate metabolism with a Swedish massage and the usage of oil. This type of massage works on the superficial layers of the muscle and is used in combination of joint movements. By applying pressure with friction, stroking and kneading of the muscles this can promote the blood flow to be directed back to the heart. A more aggressive form of massage therapy involves the deeper tissue layers and is done with greater pressure on these areas. The use of the therapists thumbs and/or elbows are used and with greater force to alleviate tension in the patient. A neuromuscular massage that is similar to acupressure and shiatsu is again another form of massage that involves the deep tissue to target specific pain areas.

Biofeedback: This is a technique that is used to relax the mind and the body with electronics. By learning all they can about the sensitive areas a person is better equipped to learn how to control it. This form of treatment has been known to help with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. With the use of sensors, various processes of the body are analyzed such as your breathing, heart rate, sweat production, temperature of the body and muscle tension.

Homeopathic medicine: With this treatment method diluted substances, such as mineral, plant, and animal are used to help lessen the pain.

Herbal medication: This form of treatment goes back in time. Although not as effective in symptom relief, this type of treatment has been known to aid with energy and sleeping, which plagues the fibromyalgia patient. These can be taken in pill form or mixed in with liquids.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture is performed by means of insertion of dry needles under the skin and tissue at designated points. By the use of manipulation of these needles, endorphins are released into the bloodstream. The acupuncturist also claims that this also restores flow to the energy channels by removing energy blocks. Research has shown that this type of alternative treatment can change the chemistry of the brain. Acupuncture treatments can help to diminish pain for a great length of time.

Electroacupuncture: This treatment also involves the use of needles that are hooked up to wires that release minor amounts of electrical current. Other forms of therapy can be used in combination with this during this treatment.

Meditation: This method of treatment involves the relaxation of your body and thereby putting your body in a spiritual, peaceful state of mind. The focus of this is on training your mind to release any stressors in your life and concentrate on only the uplifting qualities of life.

Whatever method of treatment that you are contemplating in treating your fibromyalgia and obtaining a possible increase in energy levels, always make sure that you consult with your primary care physician and any specialists involved so that they may guide you in the best care and treatment for your specific needs.

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