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Holistic Treatment for Fibromyalgia and Joint Pain

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:00pm 1 Comment

No one enjoys pain of any kind. Yet, there will come a time where we may find ourselves having to cope with pain on our joints. I have seen how my mom suffers from morning stiffness on her joints and since I started looking at holistic treatment to help her condition.

From my research, I found out that there are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The joint pain associated with arthritis affects millions of people globally - young and old, rich or poor. Osteoarthritis, also known as a degenerative joint disease, is known in the medical community as the “wear and tear” arthritis. It is generally caused by injury or occupation, excess weight and genetics. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage of a joint to wear away whereas rheumatoid arthritis is aggressive and causes joint damage and joint deformity.

I often hear my mom complaining about aches and pains in her body when I was younger. It seems to be more prevalent among Asian women and we tend to associate it with ‘wind’ in the body. Fibromyalgia is a condition where people experience body aches and pains, extreme fatigue, depression and sleep problems. Fibromyalgia suffers may also have tenderness in specific muscles on the body.

There are some holistic treatment to help alleviate your joint pain. Heat and ice can be applied to joints can help alleviate pain. My grandma used to swear on her hot water bag to ease her pains. A program of regular stretching exercises would help joint pain especially if you are holding IT jobs. Mild exercise is good for joint pain.

It would be seek professional help from a licensed physical therapist who knows about holistic treatment for your joint pain. The first is to listen to your body and be aware of what causes you pain, and avoid those activities. Do not remain in one position for a long period of time, this causes stiffness. If you can sit to perform a task it is better than standing. Sitting helps take weight off your hips and knees. If you have pain in the fingers or hands try to avoid activities where you grip your fingers and avoid twisting or squeezing with your hands.

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There are a lot of supplements available for joint pain.  In general, you want to include glucosamin, chondroitin and MSM as dietary supplements, as well as vitamin D and plenty of fish oils.  All of these help reduce overall discomfort.

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