Updated: Nov 19, 2021
Is your pain management approach working?
So often my clients with fibromyalgia report that their pain is uncontrolled and causes them to miss work, fight with family, and is taking over their lives.
Holistic Healing for Pain Relief
If you are feeling pain, any sort of pain, it is hard to be in a good mood, smile at the world, or even be civil to family and friends. Regardless of whether a person suffers from chronic pain or temporary pain, finding relief goes a long way toward making a day much brighter and more bearable.
In most cases, getting rid of the pain is not just simply treating the supposed affected part. Quite often (and usually) the pain is referred pain, which is where it comes from another source somewhere inside the body.
For example, you may have muscle pain in your neck, but the source may be deep down inside your shoulder. Therefore, massaging the neck isn’t going to make the pain completely go away, although it may still feel good in the short term.
With fibromyalgia, there are many theories about how or why the pain exists and where it comes from...
Total Body Healing
When a patient is diagnosed with fibromyalgia and suffers from chronic pain, holistic healing would prove to be beneficial. Holistic healing not only treats the pain but also improves all aspects of their health and wellbeing.
Below are some of the holistic ways that I help my clients treat their chronic pain:
One of the first things you can do when treating chronic pain is to pay attention to your diet. There are certain foods that contain substances that may increase pain and inflammation. Increased inflammation can increase pain, therefore following an anti-inflammatory diet is certainly beneficial and recommended for people who are suffering from any type of pain.
An anti-inflammatory diet consists of whole foods; foods that contain no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
This diet will have a focus on the consumption of low GI foods. Lean protein foods, healthy fats such as olive oil and salmon, are some of the important foods you can add to your anti-inflammatory diet.
This diet does not promise instant relief from pain; however, the benefits are gradual and long-lasting, and that’s a good thing.
Acupuncture has long been known to work well in providing pain relief. Sufferers of neck pain, tension headaches, muscular pain, low-back pain, migraine, and osteoarthritic pain, etc., have given positive feedback on the healing, holistic benefits.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that pain relief can only be achieved once the patient’s balance in their energy pathways is regained.
Naturally, acupuncture can help do this. When treating pain, acupuncturists will insert tiny, thin needles into the body, and not necessarily in the actual pain location! The area where the needles are inserted will be related to the ‘source’ of the discomfort and pain, rather than the referred pain site.
Experts counsel that people suffering from chronic pain should include regular exercise in their healing program.
This is because exercise has the power to boost the body’s production of endorphins and hormones that function as natural painkillers.
As a result, the increase in endorphin production gives an improvement in a patient’s pain threshold.
Endorphins are capable of interacting with the pain receptors in the brain so that a person’s perception of pain is reduced.
Consult your doctor first before starting an intensive exercise regimen, to ensure that you will benefit and not cause any harm to yourself.
It is important to make sure your exercise regimen is tailored to your own medical and health status. I often hear people say “My doctor told me to exercise but I can’t… he doesn’t know what it’s like to have fibromyalgia and the pain I am experiencing!”
But I do…
I know the pain… and I know exercise helps!
Start slow, listen to your body. 3-5 minutes a day is a great place to start if you don’t exercise routinely… and stretching counts as exercise!
Yin Yang Yoga is a great form of exercise for those of use with fibromyalgia!
You just have to start somewhere in order to get the benefits of the endorphins!
Numerous studies have proven that meditation can help relieve pain, by changing a person’s perception of pain. Regular practice of meditation will help cultivate equilibrium and inner peace, and when in pain, being able to calm the mind and emotional state.
I highly encourage you to give meditation a try! It can be difficult to “feel comfortable” practicing meditation when you start and your mind may wander…
But the more you practice the better you will get… and the better pain relief you will achieve!
Grounding therapy is based on the premise that the Earth's surface has negatively charged free electrons. These electrons work to neutralize the free radicals in the body that have been positively charged.
Spending time walking barefoot on any natural surface, such as the grass, will allow your body to absorb the negatively charged free electrons. This results in a reduction of pain, as levels of inflammation in the body are also lowered.
Walk on any natural surface for at least 20 minutes a day, so that your body will have the chance to connect to the Earth’s healing energy. If you do, you are helping your body heal holistically!
Like anything new…
Learning these treatment methods takes time...and practice!
Whether it's starting the anti-inflammatory diet or meditation there is a learning curve… allow yourself some grace and time to perfect it before you mark it as another treatment “that doesn’t work”.
I believe in order to really make a difference most techniques require about 3 weeks of learning and practice and then another 1-2 months to really see the maximum results!
What do you have to lose? … Pain!!
P.S. Are you ready to get your pain under control? Click Here and set up a quick 15-minute call to discuss your goals and let’s see if one of my programs can help you on your journey to fibromyalgia relief!