Fibromyalgia causes severe muscle and skeletal pain, as well as changes in memory, way of thinking and even sleep. Doctors consider fibromyalgia as a kind of arthritis, and as with typical arthritic conditions, it causes pain. However, it does not cause significant damage to joints or muscles like arthritis. There are medications available for treating fibromyalgia, but there is also evidence to suggest that movement, body awareness, muscle strength training, exercise and acupuncture Melbourne may also all help. Yoga combines all of the approaches mentioned above, and it may reduce muscle stiffness and pain. Many yoga poses could potentially benefit a person with fibromyalgia, but there are three specific poses that have proven to be extremely useful.
Standing Forward Bend, or Uttanasana.
To do this pose effectively, follow the following steps.
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
- From the hip joints, slowly bend forward.
- Place the palms or fingertips on the floor if possible. People who are unable to reach the floor with their hands can place their palms on top of their thighs or calves instead.
- After staying in this position for about half to a full minute, roll the body up slowly until standing straight. People with a bad back can prefer to keep a bend in the knees.
Bridge Pose, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
To do this particular pose, go through the following steps.
- Lie on the floor on your back.
- Bend your knees, putting both the feet flat on the floor.
- Straighten out your arms and, if possible, hold them together below the body while exhaling and raising the tailbone off the floor, keeping the buttocks tight.
- Hold this pose for about half or a full minute.
- Exhale, and at the same time, roll the lower back and spine slowly toward the floor.
- To reduce discomfort while lying face-up on the floor and protect the neck, place a rolled-up blanket under the shoulders.
However, it is essential to note that anyone with a history of neck injury should avoid this pose.
Cobra pose, or Bhujangasana
The cobra pose can help stretch the tired legs of patients and open up the chest muscles. To perform this pose effectively, here are the instructions.
- Lie on the floor face-down with your hands under your shoulders and palms on the floor.
- Pull your elbows back towards your body.
- Inhale and, at the same time, push into your palms, straightening out your arms until the upper body is lifted up off the floor. Do not lift the pelvis or feet off the floor.
- While doing so, you should feel a stretch across your chest and in the lower back.
- This position should be held for fifteen to thirty seconds, and release the pose, returning to the starting position.