Alternative treatments for fibromyalgia

Alternative treatments for fibromyalgia


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Fibromyalgia is a complex pathology that is characterized by the appearance of chronic and diffuse muscle pain, as well as feeling tired and sleep disturbances. A fibromyalgia sufferer should seek multidisciplinary assistance with the aim of complementing or, in some cases, replacing drug treatments to improve the patient’s pain, sleep and functional capabilities.

  • Corporal re-education

  • Muscle relaxation

  • Behavioral therapy

  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Corporal re-education

THE body re-education represents considerable help for people affected by fibromyalgia. It makes it possible to avoid intolerance to effort and combat inactivity in the patient, who may suffer adaptations and severe restrictions in his routine due to decreased muscle volume, weakened tendons and cardiorespiratory activity.

A moderate and progressive rehabilitation, which varies from patient to patient, should be performed as soon as possible. The practice of stretches, sessions hydrotherapy and gymnastics, practice of swimming in a heated pool, as well as muscle strengthening exercises, can guarantee an important help in coping with fibromyalgia.

Muscle relaxation

O muscle relaxation acts on pain, sleep disorders and also reduces the stress levels of the patient with fibromyalgia. The practice of yoga and other techniques guarantee muscle relaxation, as well as having effects on the mood when acting on the patient’s breathing. These techniques bring consciousness over the body, balance physical and mental and better control of breathing.

Behavioral therapy

The techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy can improve the quality of sleep and act on pain. Therapy sessions can last for weeks or months and each can last up to 45 minutes.

This form of therapy allows the patient to react better to pain and helps control anguish or even panic attacks caused by the emergence of muscle pain. In sessions, the patient will be progressively exposed to situations that cause disturbances in his mental state so that he can face the problems resulting from the disease.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation

THE transcranial magnetic stimulation it is a new technique that uses repetitive stimulation of the brain region responsible for movements. Its main objective is to modulate the intensity of pain and make it more tolerable and prevent the patient from resorting to drugs during crises.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation corresponds to neurostimulation of the cerebral cortex. A very short and painless electric current is emitted through a device attached to the patient’s head. Treatment consists of daily sessions lasting up to 10 days and its effects can be felt for months.

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