Regular medical science has many times proved ineffective in healing the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia. Many fibromyalgia alternative treatments exist which have provided relief to countless people from their symptoms and allowed them to lead a normal life. Following are some of the popular alternative treatments for fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia Alternative Treatment #1: Can changing your pH level cure fibromyalgia?
Every moment various chemical reactions are taking place in the body. The chemical reactions produce different by products which are sometimes acidic and sometimes alkaline. pH is simply a scale for measuring the strength of acidity or alkalinity. pH is an abbreviation of ‘potential for Hydrogen’. It is a scale which runs from 0 to 14. 0 means completely and highly acidic. 14 means completely and highly alkaline. 7 means neither acidic nor alkaline i.e. neutral. Pure distilled water has a pH of 7.
Different body fluids can have slightly different pH levels. A healthy person’s blood has a pH level of 7.3 to 7.4. When a person is sick the pH can become lower, indicating higher acidity.
It is very easy to find out your body pH. pH test kits are available at most nutritional stores. It simply contains a litmus paper. Just add a small amount of saliva or urine onto the litmus paper and the paper will change color. Match this color with the color scale on the side of the package to find out your pH.
What is the connection between body pH and Fibromyalgia?
If the pH of your saliva is below 7 or the pH of your urine is below 6, it indicates that nutrients are not being properly absorbed by your body. The body is slowly becoming more toxic and your body fluids are becoming more acidic. This leads to body pain and fatigue which is also the most usual symptoms of fibromyalgia.
How can you maintain a healthy pH in the range of 7 and 7.5?
The best way to reduce the acidity of your body is to modify your food habits. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, it is likely that your body fluids are acidic. To restore your body’s pH to a healthy level you must change your diet such that it consists of about 80 percent of alkaline foods and 20 percent acidic foods.
Most people eat about 80 percent of dairy products, meat, bread and grains in their diet. They only eat about 20 percent vegetables and fruits.
To restore the body’s pH level and treat fibromyalgia symptoms, a person must switch to a diet of about 80 percent vegetables and fruits and 20 percent meat, dairy and bread. This will make your body fluids more alkaline and help to bring your pH to a healthy level.
Fibromyalgia Alternative Treatment #2 :
Is Oxygen Therapy effective in treating fibromyalgia?
Recent research has discovered a new treatment for fibromyalgia which has shown promising results in many patients. It is called oxygen therapy. In a recent study, many fibromyalgia patients were given 90 minute sessions of oxygen therapy and their pain threshold was measured before and after the therapy. After about 15 sessions, all the patients experienced a great increase in their ability to withstand pain and also experienced significant relief from their existing pain symptoms.
What is Oxygen Therapy?
In this treatment a person sits in a pressurized, hyperbaric chamber filled with oxygen. The person breathes in this enriched oxygen which is then absorbed by the cells in the body. This type of therapy has been in use for many centuries for treating medical conditions like CO poisoning and soft tissue burns. But its effectiveness in treating fibromyalgia has only been discovered recently.
How Does Oxygen Therapy Treat Fibromyalgia?
Normal air which we breathe in contains about 20% oxygen 78% nitrogen and 2% of other gases. The lungs absorb oxygen from the air into blood. Blood then delivers oxygen to all cells in the body. Some doctors believe that all the symptoms of fibromyalgia are caused because the cells in the body are not receiving enough oxygen. This type of oxygen deprivation causes symptoms like weakness, muscle pain, fatigue, moodiness and brain fog.
The air inside a pressurized chamber used for oxygen therapy contains 100% oxygen. Hence, breathing in such an environment delivers much more oxygen to your body cells. Oxygen is also absorbed by your skin and delivered directly into your tissues. All the cells in your body absorb this oxygen very easily.
Oxygen helps to promote the growth of new blood vessels thus increasing blood circulation. It helps to narrow down the blood vessels thus reducing swelling and inflammation in the body.
Fibromyalgia Alternative Treatment #3 :
Can a Chiropractor help reverse fibromyalgia?
Research on fibromyalgia patients who underwent chiropractic treatment sessions have found that more that most people experienced reduction in their pain symptoms, improvement in quality of sleep and reduction in fatigue. This has lead many doctors to conclude that chiropractic care can be an effective alternative treatment for fibromyalgia.
How can Chiropractic Treatment Heal Fibromyalgia?
Chiropractic treatment is based on the concept that pain and disease is caused when various parts of the skeletal structure become misaligned. The body is made up of a system of bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles connected with each other. If any part of this system becomes faulty it can affect the entire system causing pain and discomfort. Realigning the faulty parts can restore normal functioning of the body and provide relief from pain.
A chiropractor’s goal is to restore the balance in your skeletal system through techniques like manipulations and stretches and remove all your pain symptoms.
Many people with fibromyalgia experience pain and cramps in the back, neck and legs. Simple modifications in the alignment of the spine and neck can provide great relief to the overall body pain experienced by these fibromyalgia sufferers.
Sometimes the covering of the spine, called meninges, on the upper cervical vertebrae become compressed. This can lead to intense pain all over the body. A chiropractor can manipulate the neck and head such that the spine is no longer under pressure. This can help to relieve the overall fibromyalgia pain symptoms throughout the body.
During the manipulation of the spine or neck, a chiropractor applies quick, short pressure using his hands or by stretching. This causes the bone in that region to snap back into its correct place. Though this may be slightly discomforting, it can bring you immediate relief from your pain.
These manipulations help your joints achieve a better range of motions. It can increase your blood circulation thus speeding up the healing of muscles. It can stimulate the release of endorphins which work like the body’s natural painkiller.