by NativeRemedies on November 16th, 2010 at 7:00 am
Symptoms of fibromyalgia, including fatigue, headaches, anxiety, muscle soreness, stiffness and sleep disorders, can be overwhelming to sufferers. However, some individuals are turning to alternative forms of self-care such as yoga to relieve symptoms. For people with fibromyalgia, moving the body may seem like the last thing they want to do, but studies have shown low-impact movements, such as those involved in yoga, may change the way the central nervous system responds to pain.
Exercise is frequently recommended for those with fibromyalgia, but many usually find that most activities are too painful to partake in. However, unlike high-impact exercises, yoga postures are easy to perform and can even be practiced in the privacy of your own home morning, noon or night. Yoga is also great for beginners because you don’t have to know all the poses in order to start. When practicing in the home, use a beginners’ DVD or join a beginners’ yoga class. With practice, moderate yoga postures can gently strengthen weak muscles, relieve tension, and improve circulation in the body.
Another plus to doing yoga is the benefit from doing breathing exercises. Breathing exercises can help lower anxiety levels, while also helping oxygen appropriately flow through the body and help provide nutrients to all cells. In addition, many individuals suffering from fibromyalgia have feelings of depression due to their constant pain and inability to enjoy life to the fullest. Learning to breathe properly through yoga exercises can greatly reduce the risk of depression.
Tips before starting your yoga practice:
- Start slowly- Don’t begin a lengthy practice in the beginning; starting with a ten minute yoga practice in the morning is a great way to start your day.
- Listen to your body- Don’t ignore your body when you feel worn-out. Pushing yourself through any exercise can lead into overexertion and ultimately defeat the purpose of the practice.
- Keep a routine- In the beginning, sticking with low-impact poses like the downward dog or tree pose can really help you become accustomed to movement and relieve muscle pain.
Incorporating alternative treatments for fibromyalgia into your life like yoga not only helps physically but mentally as well. Meditation techniques are a huge part of yoga, which can aid in balancing moods and ward off depression and anxiety.
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