Answer this question for me. Have you ever had pain from touching your neck or chest? What about your arms or back? For those who know the word also know the feelings that come to mind when they hear about Fibromyalgia (Fibro). It’s a painful disease that affects between 3 and 6 million people nationwide and 90% of its victims are women.
I want to cover this topic for a couple of reasons.
If you answered yes to my question from earlier, you might want to read on because Fibro’s painful effects are more common than you’d think! Fibromyalgia affects how the central nervous system processes pain signals. It causes intense pain from any pressure to the skin and is even linked to depression and sleep disorders; It’s nasty stuff. I read somewhere that 28% of kids born to a parent with Fibro will eventually develop the disease. Another Fibro fun-fact is that more than half the people with it said there was a traumatic event as the place where symptoms began. Does any of this sound familiar?
But alas, as terrible as this all sounds, there is a viable solution that only requires consistency on your part. In fact, doing this on a regular basis not only benefits every symptom, it will also help reduce sleep and fatigue problems.
Yep, you guessed it. Exercise. I knew you weren’t just a pretty face ;)
One of the most beautiful parts about working in Post-Rehabilitation is that I’m constantly experiencing first-hand accounts of all types of diseases. I’ve worked with people that are diabetic, recovering from a stroke or heart attack and even battling cancer. It’s incredible to hear how disease has changed their life and how they continue to fight for each day. Treating Fibro is something I’ve been fortunate enough to do on a regular basis for some time now. I want to share with you the best way I know to drastically reduce Fibro symptoms with regular exercise. Here we go.
First of all there is no magic number of sets and reps you do before symptoms subside. Your goal here is consistency. Shoot for something physical every day. Swimming, gardening, chasing the kids or karate in the garage are all acceptable options. Did you catch my Step Brothers movie reference?? Be in the gym at least 2-3 days a week and working for a minimum of 30 minutes, ideally 60.
Too many times I’ve seen people with Fibro symptoms dive head first into rigorous activity. Remember that your pain tolerances are much lower than normal and this has caused your brain to restrict movement in the body. Trying to do too much, too quickly will only cause your symptoms to flare up. Trust me on this…
Listen To Your Body
To everyone that I work with on a regular basis, you know I say this all the time. The brain is always younger than the body so you can’t just jump back into those Richard Simmons videos you’ve been holding onto all these years. Your body is best at letting you know when to rest so be sure to listen. In fact, you may even need to learn an entirely different style of training that focuses on movement quality to decrease pain in common Fibro sites.
Kettlebell Squat Press
These are just 2 of my favorite exercises (one that I came up with on my own) for reducing Fibro symptoms because they use every muscle in the body and can be done by just about anyone. Take it from Christi, the woman shown in the pictures above. She has been dealing with Fibro pains for over 15 years. She’s actually a current client of mine and in the four months we’ve been working together, she’s reduced ALL of her symptoms down to, according to her, “almost non-existent”.
This month has been awesome in regards to the number of emails I’ve received from people asking questions and sharing their stories with me. I want to do everything I can to help you so when you’re ready to get serious about this, shoot me an email and introduce yourself. I have a couple other tips & tricks to share with ya!