A Holistic Treatment for Fibromyalgia - Natural Pain Remedies and Alternative Medicine (Part II)

Jul 3, 2013

In the first blog post we have addressed a few general aspects related to the Fibromyalgia syndrome (link for Part I), such as underlying risk factors, symptomatology and new approaches to treatment and pain-related therapy, such as natural pain remedies. Further on, the second part of this discussion will focus on some of the most popular complementary treatments and therapies available today for all patients suffering from this condition.

It is common knowledge that complementary treatment, when opted for, should be done under the close supervision of a doctor, but having the correct information about how effective such a treatment really is, can actually mark the first step to gaining more control over your own life and to taking better health related decisions.

With regard to natural supplements and herbs, preliminary studies show that some categories of vitamins (i.e. D and B12), but also magnesium, melatonin, the serotonin precursor 5-Hydroxytryptophan, and mood altering SAMe, may have a positive impact and alleviate the Fibromyalgia symptoms. For example, vitamin D supplements offer several health benefits. A normal level of vitamin D in the body ensures strong bones and a good immune system, it prevents muscular weakness, it reduces muscles spasms, thus relieving different types of body aches, plus, it helps with the fight against depression. While a deficiency in vitamin D has been associated with generalised bone and muscle pain that last longer, supplements with vitamin D can be effectively used as a natural arthritis treatment, as a remedy that offers relief from back pain, hip joint pain and joint pain.

Alternative therapies have been lately more popular than ever, however, they should be approached with precaution as most clinical studies conducted thus far have not been able to show significant long-term improvement for chronic pain. Still, they are recommended for patients suffering from Fibromyalgia when associated with an appropriate conventional treatment plan. Chiropractic manipulation, for instance, is a common therapeutic choice for patients who seek relief from back pain. Unfortunately, there is still not sufficient evidence to support that this alternative therapy is effective enough to be used for Fibromyalgia. Similarly, biofeedback, a rather unconventional therapy which is uses the mind-body connection to control and reduce chronic pain, can be effective, but only when used together with other therapies. Furthermore, acupuncture is practically the oldest form of treatment used to alleviate hip joint pain and chronic pain in other parts of the body. Yet, the results of such a therapy are short-lived and patients need to invest constantly to live pain free.

All in all, we are far from having found the perfect formula for the symptomatic management of such a complex condition as the Fibromyalgia syndrome. Nonetheless, a holistic treatment plan will surely bring about more benefits for the patients in the long-run than any other conventional treatment available today.

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