9 Activities That Can Help Treat Fibromyalgia Pain


Hey there! Today I’m going to talk to you about a disorder
you may not know about. Have you ever heard of Fibromyalgia? I know, it took me a few minutes to say it
properly. Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by
feelings by chronic pain throughout the body. It’s said to affect the central nervous
system. An estimated 3-6% of the world’s population
suffers from Fibromyalgia, with 10 million of those people being in the United States
alone. If you’ve been diagnosed with the disorder,
there are several workouts that can help you through it. Let’s talk 7 Activities That Can Help Your
Fibromyalgia. How often do you stretch? What about a chest press exercise? Answer me honestly, when was the last time
you did Tai Chi? We’re talking all that AND more. Tai Chi Right off the bat, no, Tai Chi is NOT a form
of Yoga. Tai Chi is a combination of meditation and
gentle movement. Picture doing martial arts while breathing
heavily in a slow, peaceful motion. The calm and soothing effects of Tai chi are
said to relieve physical pain and muscular tension. Studies have shown that the overall health
of fibromyalgia patients has improved after practicing 60 minute Tai Chi session for a
number of months. This includes the elimination of symptoms
including severe physical pain, loss of physical function, depression, anxiety and fatigue. Tai Chi is also known to improve one’s balance
and flexibility, while building muscle strength. If you’re currently suffering from this
disorder and you’re into quiet, relaxing activities, Tai chi could very well be the
perfect therapy for you. Yoga I know it seemed as if I was discrediting
yoga for a second. I’m not in any way doing that. In fact, yoga is one of the most rewarding
treatments for fibromyalgia. Researchers have found that yoga results in
improvements in musculoskeletal conditions. This includes a 32% rate of improvement for
Fibromyalgia patients who practiced yoga on the regular. It’s slow-paced, meditative movements help
reduce overall pain reduction as well as fatigue and depression. Chest Press This one may seem a little unconventional,
but just hear me out. When I say “chest press”, please don’t
think I’m talking about hitting the bench and lifting twice your bodyweight. The isometric chest press is a perfect way
to build tension and strengthen your muscles. It is done by holding your arms at chest height,
and pressing your palms together as hard as you can for five seconds. We’re talking tons of pressure, people!
Make it count. Also, be sure to keep your elbows at a 90
degree angle. It is recommended that you do this five times
over, increasing the number of seconds with each time. Try to work your way up to holding the press
for 15 seconds. It is also recommended that you try isometric
push ups and wall push ups. Are you an exercise junkie? If so, Bestie has all kinds of great workout
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Treat Fibromyalgia. Everyday Activities When people tell you to stay active, that
doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to hit the gym everyday. Being active can mean anything from going
for a walk, to gardening your plants, to doing regular house work. Anything that keeps you on your toes and working
your muscles. Now with that said, try your best not to overdo
these activities. If you feel like it’s becoming too overbearing,
make sure you take a rest. The last thing you want to do is inflict more
physical pain on your muscles. Doing daily chores around the house is something
none of us can avoid. Even if we are suffering from chronic muscle
pain. Sometimes, there’s nobody around to help
us. The point is to stay active and challenge
your body to the extent it can handle. Acupuncture Now let me just say, for those of you who
have only heard the concept of acupuncture, this may seem a little extreme. Well I’m here to tell you it’s not. Acupuncture involves inserting tiny needles
into tense spots of your body in order to alleviate pain. Acupuncture is proven to reduce many types
of chronic pain, including symptoms of fibromyalgia. These include the promotion of natural self-healing
as well as changes in blood flow and neurotransmitters. These improvements are said to be observed
within only a few weeks time. This may sound strange, but if you’re desperate
to relieve some of your terrible pain, why not use sharp needles? Massages We’re not taking you on a spa day or anything,
so don’t get your hopes up. With that being said, massage therapy is another
effective way to treat fibromyalgia. In fact, out of the activities we’ve listed
so far, this may be the one that causes the least bit of stress. When undergoing a massage for this particular
disorder, your therapist will use pressure when needed, rubbing your joints, muscles,
ligaments and tendons in order to release the pain from your body. This will be applied through several different
massage techniques including connective tissue massage and manual lymphatic drainage. Weight Lifting We hate to interrupt your comfy massage, but
let’s talk pumping iron for a minute. Did you know that weight lifting can dramatically
reduce pain in your muscles? That is if you follow a strict workout regimen. A 2013 study on women with fibromyalgia, showed
that those who exercised 2-3 times every week for 21 weeks straight demonstrated 25% greater
well-being. For those who didn’t exercise as much, they
only showed 8% greater well-being. Many who worked out reported feeling much
less pain than those who chose not to, as well as the ability to lift 28kg more in weight. Warm Water Therapy Much like massages, this one is more on the
relaxing side. Just make sure that your water is at the right
temperature. Warm water has demonstrated to be a miracle
worker in the world of fibromyalgia. Let’s get scientific for a second. Warm water can reduce the swelling in your
muscles and sore limbs. It can also increase circulation in your body. When sitting in a warm tub, you want the temperature
to be around 92 – 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a just the right amount of ‘warm’
you need to keep comfortable. Studies have found that patients who try warm
water therapy two to three times a week saw a 40% reduction in pain. This shouldn’t be a difficult exercise considering
how most of us have spent our entire lives trying to avoid cold water when entering the
bathtub. Stretching This is one of the more basic methods for
treating fibromyalgia, especially if you don’t have time to warm up a bath or do a full-body
workout. Stretching is great for relaxing tight muscles
and easing spasms. On the off chance you’ve never worked out
a day in your life, stretching is also a wise move before getting into an exercise. It’s also smart to do if you’re doing
random tasks around the house. Remember how I said that daily activities
can benefit your disorder? Not only can it relax hurting muscles, it
can also improve your flexibility and help prevent serious injury to your body. Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? Would you consider trying out these exercises? Did you enjoy our video? Hit like, share and subscribe to Bestie. Wait, what kind of Bestie would we be if we
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