One out of fifty U.S. citizens suffer from fibromyalgia pain. People suffering from this condition tend to develop tender points that lead to pain when pressurized. While anyone can suffer from fibromyalgia, middle-aged women are most prone to this condition.
The root cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown and unfortunately, there isn’t any viable cure available. Does this mean if you’re suffering from this condition, you should give up altogether and live with the condition for the rest of your life?
There may be no appropriate cure declared by the medical industry so far, but there are remedies you can try at home that help to ease the chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia. It’s also wise to try and ease the pain naturally; try combining an herbal muscle relaxant, exercise and proper dietary intake rather than relying on unnatural chemicals that can cause more harm than good.
Here are some natural ways to consider for self-help with fibromyalgia:
1. Application of Capsaicin
Capsaicin is a naturally occurring element in pepper plants and has been described as a natural reliever of pain. A lot of pain relieving sprays and lotions that you see at stores rely on this ingredient to provide relief to the user.
A substance called P is deployed by Capsaicin, and this substance is responsible for decreasing the level of pain in the body. According to a study published in Rheumatology International Journal, a capsaicin cream was used by people in one of the two control groups suffering from fibromyalgia, and the capsaicin cream group showed significant improvements in chronic pain.
2. Vitamin D
People suffering from the condition have been found to have low levels of Vitamin D and magnesium. While there’s no scientific evidence of a link between Vitamin D and fibromyalgia, low levels of the bone building vitamin does have effect on nerves and functioning of muscles.
Lack of Vitamin D won’t help in relieving the pain during fibromyalgia, but improving the level may lead to some form of relief from chronic pain. Women suffering from fibromyalgia showed good signs after supplementing with Vitamin D for 8 weeks, according to Pain Medicine’ s publication last year.
3. Trigger point therapy
Remember we talked about tender points at the start? Well, actually, most of the tender points can be considered as trigger points on your body. Pressing these points leads to discomfort and pain that can extend to other areas of the body as well apart from the point of location. Trigger point therapy is perhaps the best solution available for getting relief from pain and pressured points.
Research and publications reveal that treating one of the trigger points can cause pain reduction in other areas of the body as well. There are several ways to treat trigger points such as having a warm shower or applying pressure to the pain points with a tennis ball. Trigger point practitioners are also an option; they use trigger release techniques to end the trigger point. Trigger point therapy has also been found to reduce stress and depression.
There are other natural and safer remedies available as well, such as acupuncture treatment, exercise, diet modifications and chiropractic manipulation that promote healing and relief. Try out different remedies gradually and stick with the one that’s able to provide you with most relief.