Yoga For Fibromyalgia Pain
Our lead instructor, Eric Peters, knows Yoga for fibromyalgia pain personally. While suffering from back pain most of his life, he has had endured the majority of the 18 symptoms of fibromyalgia. There is now ample evidence that people with fibromyalgia have an over-active sympathetic nervous system. This is more commonly known as our stress response system. When you perceive any bodily threat, your sympathetic nervous system is immediately put on alert.
Due to the pain you are experiencing, fibromyalgia victims default to short, shallow breathing, which triggers their body’s fight-or-flight response. Perhaps the most important discovery Eric has made in his life, is how to release pain and stress through healthy breathing.
Breath work, which is the essence of yoga, is crucial for people with fibromyalgia. Your stomach muscles tighten, your breath shifts up into the chest, and you literally become uptight. During this, your breath becomes shorter, shallower, and your breathing becomes rapid. Adrenaline is then quickly pumped into your blood stream, slowing down your digestive system. So that energy can now be redirected to your muscles.
Changing your breathing…
When we relearn to breathe, as when we are a baby, we circulate more than a litre of blood through our bodies (versus 1/10th of a litre when relying on chest breathing). Just this one difference alone, will have a profound effect on healing your fibromyalgia.
Customizing the right type of yoga for your mind and body will guide you to move from the stress response to the relaxation response. The slow deep breathing common in yoga practice, is especially effective in calming an agitated nervous system.
Let us help…
We have known for over 20 years that there are 18 specific spots on the body notable to fibromyalgia, that when touched are sensitive or even painful. Yoga acts specifically on the muscles where these trigger points are located. Pain frequently shows up in the fibre of the muscles, indicating why it is called fibromyalgia. These muscles are around the joints, but not the joints themselves. They are often where tendons and muscles meet, and are also just under the surface of the skin (eg. neck and knees).