Mindfulness as Treatment for Fibromyalgia Pain
Though fibromyalgia was once considered a psychiatric issue, currently it is classified as a physical disorder. Causes include stressful events, repetitive injuries, a problem with the central nervous system, and a lack of balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. Though these causes are physical, people may benefit from using mindfulness to help focus on the present moment.
Mindfulness may be defined in many different ways, but all focus on living in the present. Someone who is practicing mindfulness observes thoughts and feelings without reacting to them. Mindfulness takes into consideration feelings without judgment. The goal of mindfulness is to improve your ability to remain calm, think clearly, and to manage stress. Someone with fibromyalgia may use this technique to control flare-ups and reduce pain.
The science behind mindfulness indicates that mindfulness meditation may calm the sympathetic nervous system, mitigating stress and helping the body relax.
Mindfulness may assist patients in many ways including:
- turning their attention away from pain.
- limiting the central nervous system's pain perception.
- reducing distressing thoughts or feelings that accompany pain, possibly preventing the pain from worsening.
- enhancing your awareness of your body leading to improved self-care.
- promoting muscle relaxation, decreasing tension.
- creating a barrier against stress-related symptoms.
Mindfulness therapy comes in the form of different techniques including meditation, yoga, and daily mindfulness exercises. This targets the mind, body, and behavior in order to deliver results. Daily use of all three techniques is the most likely to help deal with fibromyalgia symptoms.