How CBT and Supplementation Can Help Your Fibromyalgia Pain Relief
Fibromyalgia is a serious condition that causes numerous severe negative effects and which can actually ruin your quality of life. The main symptom of fibromyalgia is widespread pain and sensitivity throughout the entire body but on top of this is tiredness, anxiety and often a numbness or tingling sensation. For those who experience fibromyalgia it can feel like having a permanent flu combined with a severe case of depression.
And the bad news is that there’s no known cure for fibromyalgia. The only saving grace is that there are options available for natural fibromyalgia treatment which can be very effective in some cases in treating the symptoms and aiding long-term recovery.
On such treatment for fibromyalgia is ‘CBT’ or ‘cognitive behavioral therapy’. This is a psychotherapeutic intervention that is normally used to treat mental health issues like depression and phobias but which can also be highly effective in providing natural fibromyalgia pain relief. Read on to learn more about the role of CBT and how it can be further aided through the use of supplementation.
How CBT Works
Unlike other forms of therapy like psychotherapy, CBT is a relatively rapid and straightforward form of therapy that doesn’t involve lengthy sessions or in-depth discussion. Instead CBT is about teaching patients a number of tools that they can use in order to identify and manage their own psychological issues.
Two important components of CBT for fibromyalgia treatment are ‘mindfulness’ and ‘cognitive restructuring’. Mindfulness is the process of identifying the thoughts that contribute to poor mental health simply by reflecting on them, whereas cognitive restructuring is the process of replacing them with more positive thoughts.
In the case of someone who was afraid of heights, CBT would involve first finding the negative thoughts (such as ‘I’m going to fall’) and then replacing these with positive ones (such as ‘I’m in complete control’). ‘Belief challenging’ is a component of cognitive restructuring wherein you ask yourself whether the statements you’re making are really accurate; are you really likely to fall?
How CBT is Effective for Fibromyalgia Treatment
So what’s all this got to do with fibromyalgia — a condition that causes pain throughout the body?
Well as it happens, fibromyalgia has a very psychological component and is at least worsened by stress. It is also correlated with depression and generally is the result of an imbalance of neurotransmitters — specifically glutamine, serotonin, cytokines and opioids. Stress only worsens the imbalance of neurochemistry and thus makes you all the more likely to experience heightened pain.
By using CBT then, you can keep yourself feeling calmer and happier and while you may not be able to cure your fibromyalgia it can at least offer fibromyalgia pain relief.
To make the most of CBT you should also combine this form of fibromyalgia treatment with supplementation. Supplements like Fibroxify support healthy brain function by providing multiple nutrients that are essential for the creation of required neurotransmitters and for general brain and central nervous system function.
On top of this, Fibroxify also provides short-term fibromyalgia pain relief and anti-inflammatories to combat the inflammation as created by the increased cytokines.
For all these reasons, Fibroxify or another supplement can have the ideal synergistic effect with CBT and help provide real natural fibromyalgia treatment. Exercise is also a useful tool as this stimulates the production of endorphins and serotonin and can provide natural painkillers and mood enhancement.
On the other hand, you shouldn’t use antidepressants until you have tried everything else as these can actually cause further damage to your levels of neurotransmitters in the long term through the processes of tolerance and dependence.