Yoga for Fibromyalgia
I highly recommend this program by Anne Burnell for anyone with fibromyalgia. It is not advertised for FMS, but it should be – it has worked an absolute miracle on me. I’ve tried a couple of other DVDs and both made the pain much worse. 19 years of “fibro-fog” disappeared during the very first session 7 weeks ago, and hasn’t returned. Headaches and chest pains (anyone with FMS will know what I’m talking about) were gone after two sessions, crippling back pain was nearly gone by two weeks.
I could also bend over to pick up something out of the floor with no pain for the first time in 8 years. Amazing improvements in flexibility and energy level allow me to spend some time on enjoyable craft projects now instead of spending all my time on the sofa taking non-restorative naps. It doesn’t cure FMS, but it keeps the symptoms at bay temporarily if I faithfully do it first thing in the morning. Certain activities can cause flareups of back pain and fatigue as before, but not as severe, and the next session will usually settle it back down.
This is true healing yoga on a simplified scale. I don’t understand how something that looks so easy can have any affect on your well-being, but it definitely does. Soothing music and a beginning relaxation session get your body and mind ready for the exercises. Easy gentle moves all while seated in a chair with emphasis on deep breathing gets oxygen to all the muscles that are being stretched and creates the miracle ) And the time flies by – total of 40 minutes including the ending relaxation, but it seems more like only 5 minutes have passed so don’t be afraid it will take too long and that you will get bored.
It’s the best 40 minutes I could ever spend. I haven’t gone past the basic session yet but hope to soon start making use of Anne’s other DVD set for seniors, called Stretch & Strength, on alternate days. I had so much improvement in the first couple of weeks I have since bought 8 DVDs as gifts for family and friends that I thought might get some benefit from it. Before receiving this DVD, I thought the rest of my life would be spent on the sofa. Thank you Anne for saving my life! Namaste! Alma
Managing Fibromyalgia symptoms
Regular exercise. Gentle exercise, such as Yoga can have neurological and physical benefits to Fibromyalgia symptoms. Check with your PT or Doctor before starting any at-home program.
Diet. Try to eat lots of fresh fruit, veggies and whole grains. Avoid processed foods which contain high levels of sodium and chemical preservatives. Remember to wash your fresh produce in water or a vinegar solution to remove any chemical residue.
Triggers. Fibromyalgia can have many chemical triggers that come from a variety of sources. They can be in anything from food preservatives, like MSG, to housecleaners and even cosmetics like make-up, perfumes and nail polish.