October 23, 2009
Yoga for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia syndrome can be painful and discouraging for sufferers. I have a great friend who lives with this and she has found that Yoga helps bring relief to her physical pain as well as emotional pain from having physical limitations. Medications, physical therapy, and proper nutrition can sometimes go a long way to easing the symptoms of fibromyalgia. However, many fibromyalgia sufferers find that these traditional treatments simply don’t provide enough symptom relief. As a result, many patients turn to alternative forms of self-care to help them on the path to recovery. Yoga can help to provide you with some excellent symptom relief while helping you achieve mental, physical, and spiritual balance.
How Can Yoga Help People with Fibromyalgia?
Yoga postures are easy to perform and can be practiced in the comfort of your own home. Yoga is great for beginners, because you do not need to know how to do all of the poses in order to start practicing. Additionally, yoga can be tailored to your own personal needs and stamina levels.
Here are just a few of the specific benefits that yoga can offer fibromyalgia sufferers:
- decreased muscle pain
- increased muscle strength
- greater endurance and stamina
- mood regulation and relief of depression
- improved sleep
- improved concentration
Tips to Keep in Mind when Practicing Yoga
- Listen to your body. Be sure to monitor how your body feels at all stages of your workout. Your muscles should not feel in pain at any point. If you do feel pain, stop, or ease up on your stretch.
- Start slowly. Don’t begin a lengthy yoga routine right away. Begin with just a few minutes a day, and gradually work up to a thirty minute session.
- Stick to certain postures. Some postures are going to be quite challenging and even painful for you to perform. Stick to postures like Downward Dog and Tree while you are battling fibromyalgia.