Don't Let Fibromyalgia Control Your Life!

Are you tired of letting the fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, inability to focus, and digestive symptoms of fibromyalgia control your life? At The Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers with locations in The Woodlands, Sugar Land, and Houston, Texas, you get the support and relief you need from fibromyalgia. 

Our skilled practitioners help you manage the chronic pain symptoms with physical therapy and chiropractic care, and they can recommend interventional pain management, if necessary. But we also know that with the proper guidance, you can regain control over how you feel each and every day. 

The practitioners at The Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers can teach you how to deal with flare-ups of fibromyalgia with a change in lifestyle habits. We’ve curated this informative guide to help you learn how you can take control of your health, even when dealing with fibromyalgia. 

Read on to learn more about how you can regain control over fibromyalgia!

What is fibromyalgia?

Although doctors still are certain of the cause, it’s believed fibromyalgia is the result of a combination of your body amplifying pain sensations and the way your brain processes pain signals. Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia as are people who have arthritis or lupus

Some of the triggers that may cause fibromyalgia include physical trauma, infection, psychological stress, and surgery. However, some people find their symptoms grow over time without a notable triggering event. 

How can I regain control over fibromyalgia?

Just because you have fibromyalgia, you don’t need to let it control your life. By implementing the following lifestyle changes, you can positively impact your symptoms and get back to living a fuller life. 

Manage and eliminate stress

The events that may cause your stress may be out of your control, but you’re in control of how you respond to stress. When stressful events or circumstances present, deep breathing techniques or meditation can help you respond in a healthy way, stopping your fibromyalgia symptoms from escalating. 

It’s also a good idea to reduce or eliminate stress. Eliminating stress doesn’t mean quitting your job or avoiding all responsibilities. Instead, try pacing yourself and avoid putting too much on your plate. Remember that it’s okay to say “no” or ask for help. Your provider works with you to help you learn healthy stress management and reduction techniques.

Stay active

Though exercise may seem painful or your fatigue makes it seem too difficult, stick with it to manage your pain. Low-impact activities, like swimming, walking, and biking can ease the pain when performed regularly. Start small, and increase your efforts gradually. Your providers at The Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers can help you create an at-home program that includes stretching, postural, and relaxation exercises.

Eat and drink right

What you eat and drink influences how your body and directly impacts inflammation levels. As such, it’s important to fuel your body with healthy, unprocessed foods. Skip packaged products, and stick to fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and healthy proteins like beans and legumes. Limit your caffeine intake, and avoid alcohol. It’s also useful to keep a food diary, so you can observe how what you put into your body affects your symptoms.

Practice good sleep hygiene

Fatigue is one of the biggest symptoms of fibromyalgia. To feel your best and keep it and other symptoms at bay, however, you need to make sure you get sufficient sleep. Practice good sleep hygiene by keeping your room dark and cool when it’s time to rest. Maintain regular sleep hours, and try to go to bed and wake up around the same time each day. Creating a bedtime ritual can help you fall asleep easier and ensure better quality sleep.

Manage your schedule

The symptoms of fibromyalgia aren’t steady. You’ll have good days and bad days. It’s important to strategically manage your schedule and resist the temptation to get everything done on good days. If you overdo it on your good days, you may increase the number of bad days as a result. Manage your schedule, and build in rest and recovery time every day. 

How can I learn more about controlling fibromyalgia?

The chiropractic and physical therapy doctors at The Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers are dedicated to helping our patients live their best lives by providing comprehensive care that treats your mind, body, and spirit. Our team offers medical support to complement your at-home care strategies. 

If you’re ready to learn more about managing the symptoms of fibromyalgia, our skilled practitioners can help. We evaluate your medical and lifestyle history and examine other factors that may be contributing to your pain to design a customized treatment for your unique needs.

Reclaim your life, and control your fibromyalgia with the help of The Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers. Contact the location nearest you today!

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