Tips for Living with Fibromyalgia Pain
Although functional neurologic treatments can help reduce fibromyalgia pain, many patients benefit from at-home techniques as well.
For those interested in DIY tactics, Ohio physiatrist Dr. Mark Pellegrino built a program called fibronomics, which he designed over years of treating thousands of patients with the condition. Pellegrino recently described the four pillars of fibronomics in an article for the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA).
When in need of fibromyalgia treatment, Baton Rouge patients can use Pellegrino’s four tactics to reduce frequency and severity of symptoms:
1. Avoid reaching.
“Anytime the arms are away from the body,” explained Pellegrino, “the trapezial, scapular, shoulder and upper back muscles all go into sustained contractions which can result in increased pain.”
Ideally, when performing any task, you want your elbows at your sides, bent at right angles. Stay in this ergonomically friendly position as much as you can. Rather than reach out to grab things, you can avoid fibromyalgia pain by shifting your entire body toward the object you need.
2. Take a load off your back.
A recent study in Surgical Technology International revealed that simply tilting the head during cell phone use increases the amount of force on the neck from 10 to 60 pounds. Positioning influences fibromyalgia back pain as well.
Various muscles in the lower back and pelvis must be aligned to avoid discomfort. Bumping up the spinal load by bending over or remaining on your feet for extended periods leads to misalignment and perpetuates the cycle of chronic pain.
3. Lean on your environment.
You don’t have to bear all the weight of your body on your own. To lighten your load, you can use some of the following assistive elements and techniques:
· For your arms – armrests; pockets; crossing them or resting them on your lap or head.
· For your back – wall, chair back, footstool.
· For your whole body – handrails, cushions.
4. Don’t get stuck.
If you have fibromyalgia, reposition your body regularly. If your muscles are engaged periodically, they will stay looser and be less likely spasm.
“We must learn to automatically alternate between various positions such as sitting, standing and walking,” Pellegrino advised, “to both relax and stretch the muscles regularly.”
Expediting recovery with functional neurology
The above techniques can help you to avoid pain. However, you may want a more robust plan to improve your quality of life. For revolutionary fibromyalgia treatment, Baton Rouge residents can benefit from our functional neurology program, Neural FX.