Published On: Wed, May 16th, 2018

Fibromyalgia: Doing this may help soothe symptoms | Health | Life & Style

Fibromyalgia affects as many as 2.8 million people in the UK, according to Arthritis Research UK.

Symptoms of the condition include pain across the body, sleep problems and headaches.

The NHS says fibromyalgia is a “long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.”

Treatment for the condition can involve medication, more exercise and changes to your diet.

According to the Mayo Clinic, acupuncture could help relieve pain caused by the condition.

“Acupuncture is a Chinese medical system based on restoring normal balance of life forces by inserting very fine needles through the skin to various depths,” explained the Mayo Clinic on its website.

“According to Western theories of acupuncture, the needles cause changes in blood flow and levels of neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord. Some studies indicate that acupuncture helps relieve fibromyalgia symptoms, while others show no benefit.”

It lists acupuncture under “alternative medicine” for fibromyalgia that may work, alongside massage therapy, and yoga and tai chi.

You can get acupuncture at clinics which offer the treatment.

The healthcare advisor to the NHS, NICE, currently say this treatment can be used for chronic tension-type headaches and migraines only.

“Acupuncture practitioners – sometimes called acupuncturists – use acupuncture to treat a wide range of health conditions,” says the NHS on its website.

“However, the use of acupuncture isn’t always based on rigorous scientific evidence.

“In many conditions where acupuncture is used, there’s less good quality evidence to draw any clear conclusions over its effectiveness compared with other treatments.

“Acupuncture is sometimes available on the NHS, most often from GPs or physiotherapists, although access is limited.”

You can also try exercising regularly to treat the symptoms.

Research shows that 12 weeks of moderate aerobic training, combined with strength training can improve your pain and overall well-being, says the Cochrane Library in London.

You can also try changing your diet to include foods such as beans, which give you more energy, according to Healthline.

“Avoid sweets, which will only give you a quick sugar boost. Your body will burn right through them, and then you’ll crash. Instead, eat foods that will five you more energy to get through your day,” advises their website.

“Combine protein or fats with carbohydrates to slow down their absorption. Choose fresh, whole foods high in fibre and low in added sugars.”

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