Fibromyalgia patient describes the pain she experiences
- Women are more likely to suffer from this condition than men
- Symptoms include severe pain all over the body, stiffness in limbs and trouble with attention and concentration
- There is no cure, but it is possible to soothe the symptoms through various treatments
- Dr Josh Axe recommends that sufferers should try his five recommended exercises, including running and yoga, to help relieve the pain caused by the condition
Fibromyalgia is a “long-term condition that causes pain all over the body,” according to the NHS.
Around 800,000 people in the UK may suffer from the condition each year, according to Fibromyalgiasyndrome.co.uk, with women more likely to suffer from the condition than men. Globally, it affects as many as one in 73 people.
It can occur from the age of 20, but risks of developing the condition seem to increase as people become older.Treatment for fibromyalgia focuses on ways to ease the symptoms, as there is no known cure.
Dr Josh Axe, a clinical nutritionist, recommends five different exercises to help relieve the symptoms.
“A higher level of physical fitness is consistently associated with a lower severity of fibromyalgia symptoms in women,” says Dr Axe, citing a 2015 study from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation journal.
“Aerobic fitness as well as flexibility are both indicated by researchers who urge further study of women with fibromyalgia and the role of physical fitness.”
The study looked at the effect of exercise on women with fibromyalgia across the population only. Their results showed a “consistent” association between high physical fitness and lower fibromyalgia severity in women.
Dr Axe recommends taking part in walking, running, weight training, burst training or yoga at least once a day to combat the affect of this difficult condition.
Weight training involves lifting dumb-bells of different weight, and burst training involves exercising rapidly for a short period of time.
Fibromyalgia: Running can help soothe the symptoms
Fibromyalgia: Weight-training class can also help reduce the pain
As well as helping to treat fibromyalgia, Dr Axe says that exercise will significantly increase your “physical and mental wellness.”
“Exercising outside in the sunshine is also a great way to boost vitamin D and may improve mental wellbeing, according to researchers,” he said.
“In a review of 11 clinical trials, they found that exercising outdoors is associated with increases in energy and engagement and decreases in depression, anger, confusion and tension.
“Take a short walk during your lunch break or after dinner, play a game of tennis with a friend or even go on a day hike to improve both your physical and mental wellness.”
The exercises will help to improve your overall fitness level, which should ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia: Dr Axe recommends these five exercises to help people with the condition
There are several other “lifestyle remedies and complementary therapies” that Dr Axe recommends to help soothe the symptoms for fibromyalgia sufferers.
Acupuncture, massages, the japanese hands-on healing practice Reiki, and stress-relieving activities could all help sufferers.
Other treatments are also available. Consuming more magnesium citrate can help reduce the symptoms.
A Turkish study claimed just 300mg of magnesium citrate everyday could lower the number of tender areas on patients.
As well as reducing pain, the study claimed they could also improve sleep quality, and the amount of time a patient is asleep