Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Complementary and alternative therapies for pain and stress management aren't new. Some, such as meditation and yoga, have been practiced for thousands of years. Indeed, today some alternative therapies have gained acceptance in mainstream medicine.

The following practices appear to safely relieve stress and reduce pain, thereby helping people with fibromyalgia manage their symptoms:

  • Yoga and tai chi. These practices combine meditation, slow movements, deep breathing and relaxation. Both have been found to be helpful in controlling fibromyalgia symptoms.
  • Massage therapy. This is one of the oldest methods of health care still in practice. It involves use of different manipulative techniques to move your body's muscles and soft tissues. Massage can reduce your heart rate, relax your muscles, improve range of motion in your joints and increase production of your body's natural painkillers. It often helps relieve stress and anxiety.
Apr. 29, 2014

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