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Fibro - Natural/Alternative Treatments

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What alternative treatments may relieve my fibromyalgia symptoms?

Expert:   Betty Keller, MD, FACR, Board Certified Internal Medicine & Rheumatology »

Looking to relieve your fibromyalgia pains the natural way? Yes, that means no medication. Well then, watch this for tips!

Transcript: If you’re interested in non-pharmacological treatments for fibromyalgia or want to try complementary therapy that works well in conjunction with drugs, you have many options. Acupuncture, acupressure, chiropractic treatments, therapeutic massage, counseling and or support groups, breathing and relaxation techniques, water therapy, light aerobics, yoga, biofeedback, herbs, nutritional supplements, and aromatherapy have all been shown to be helpful. According to The Open Rheumatology Journal 60 to 90 percent of the patients with fibromyalgia have used one or more complementary or alternative treatments. Acupuncture may help reduce pain in muscles, joints and tendons. It also helps reduce nxiety, improves sleep and can make someone feel healthier overall. The results from acupuncture studies have been mixed and as with any treatment, some people find it helps reduce their symptoms, while others don’t get any benefit. If you try it, the Arthritis Foundation recommends at least three sessions. If you show signs of improvement they suggest you continue for as long as the treatments are cost-effective and helpful. In studies, people had pain relief for up to six months after they stopped treatments.Yoga, when paired with relaxation techniques, can also help fibromyalgia patients with flexibility, pain relief, depression, alertness, and sleep issues. Massage eases stress, depression, muscle pain, and sleep issues. Some people find aromatherapy reduces their stress level and pain — particularly vanilla, peppermint, jasmine, citrus, and green apple. Hydrotherapy can ease muscle strain and stress. Certain minerals like magnesium in Epsom’s salt added to a bath may also provide pain relief. For more answers to your fibromyalgia questions, watch other videos in this series. More »

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