What can you do to help ease the pain of fibromyalgia naturally?
The chronic pain of fibromyalgia affects about 1 in 50 Americans. Pain is the most distinguishing characteristic of fibromyalgia. Certain triggers can make symptoms worse. Lack of sleep, extreme cold or heat, mental stress, illness and certain types of physical activity. Here are a few ideas to help reduce symptoms.
- Eat a healthy diet. Studies show the best diet to follow is a Mediterranean diet. Whole foods, fruits vegetables, legumes, nuts, lean protein, and omega 3 fats. Minimize eating processed foods.
- Make sure you get enough sleep. Try to get between 7 to 8 hours a night.
- Exercise. It is important to exercise when you have fibromyalgia. Make sure not to over exert yourself.
- Practice relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, deep breathing, acupuncture. These techniques can help reduce muscle tension.
- Be body aware. Notice if you start to feel your muscles tense up, before the pain sets in try relaxation techniques to ease the aim before it becomes severe.
- Challenge automatic negative thoughts. Out thoughts dictate our emotions and our emotions especially negative ones can cause headaches, muscle tension, pain and future. Choose thoughts that make you feel good. Thoughts that make you feel good, calm and relaxed.
Remember, to reduce fibromyalgia pain:
- Eat healthy
- Get enough sleep
- Exercise daily
- Reduce stress
Dr. Betty Keller specializes in the treatment of fibromyalgia and the New Jersey Optimal Wellness Center She works with patients from New York City, Northern NJ and Bergen County NJ to lower reduce pain and promote health. Therapeutic approaches combine traditional medicine, dietary changes, nutritional supplements, and acupuncture. Patients receive effective, personalized treatment plans to prevent chronic disease. For an in-person consultation in her Franklin Lakes, NJ office, contact <strong>201-485-7930.</strong>