Monday, 3 August 2015

Yoga for pain -Fibromyalgia - Next steps- neck, shoulders and upper back

Yoga to help relieve pain: Fibromyalgia-Part 2 Neck, shoulders and upper back
Although your symptoms may never disappear completely yoga and diet can bring considerable ease to the condition.
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To make a fibromyalgia diagnosis, doctors look for 18 tender points. If you have pain in 11 of these points when doctors apply a certain amount of pressure then you will be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Ten of these tender points are located in the neck, shoulders and upper back which is why I have chosen to focus on these areas in our next video to help with fibromyalgia. If you haven't already practiced 'Yoga for pain- Fibromyalgia-first steps' you may want to practice this first

Again I have chosen to keep the video fairly short to allow for fatigue and I would suggest that you follow the video with the energizing meditation which follows

I would also like to talk about how your diet may help with fibromyalgia.  Many people, myself included believe that there is a connection with ‘leaky gut’ caused by candida overgrowth. For more information on this and how to treat it please see the following blog post which I wrote for the wellness blog, 40plusandalliswell, 

However if you do suspect that you have a candida overgrowth please see a doctor or nutritional therapist who can assess your condition and work with you on a one to one basis.  Candida is treatable but depending on the severity of your condition you may need to take it slowly to allow for the symptoms that occur as the yeast ‘die off’. Candida infections also may cause food intolerances for instance to wheat or dairy. You should be tested for these and then eliminate them from your diet for a while until your gut heals. 

Make sure your diet is anti-inflammatory. Your diet should include plenty of vegetables (you may have to avoid fruit for a while if you have a candida infection because of the natural sugars in fruit) including dark, leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach. Tomatoes, and peppers are good to include if you do not have a nightshade allergy (tests will show this) and squash. Eat wholegrains. If you prove to be gluten intolerant quinoa, brown rice, millet, buckwheat, corn and gluten free oats are good alternatives. If you are dairy intolerant soya milk, almond milk and rice milk are possibilities. Make sure that you get omega 3 in your diet for its anti-inflammatory effect. A good source is oily fish but if you are a vegan or vegetarian flaxseed oil or hemp oil are good sources. Avoid any form of sugar, refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice and processed foods. Limit red meat, cheese and other forms of saturated fat.

Hope this helps.  Let me know how you are going on.
Janet x

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