Fibromyalgia and The Benefits of Yoga

The Benefits of Yoga with FMS

I have discovered the benefits of yoga for the symptoms of Fibromyalgia by attending an over-50 chair-yoga class offered by a non-profit organization in our area. Yoga practice has been a blessing to me and the relief of the shoulder and neck pain that comes from living with Fibromyalgia is just one of the benefits of yoga I have come to rely on.

The muscles that are most helpful for good posture are called stability muscles, or core muscles.

These muscles are or should be working even when we are not thinking about them. Their role is to hold our joints together; they have endurance and are synchronized with our breathing. At my yoga class, deep breathing is constantly stressed. When we get stressed we tend to shallow breathe and again this can contribute to tight neck and shoulders.

The stability muscles tire and the potential of the pain cycle, sore neck and shoulders, headaches and overall sitting fatigue can begin, especially when living with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


Just Breathe.

Abdominal Breathing

We begin my class, chair yoga, by placing one hand on our chest just below the collar bone and the other on the abdomen; then, take a deep breath into the abdomen and do not let the chest rise upwards, that is, no movement in the upper hand.

Repeat this abdominal breathing at regular intervals as you relax the upper shoulders without having to use your hands and you will notice your upper neck and shoulders feel more relaxed.

The benefits of yoga were experienced by 30 percent in more than half of the people who took it, according to a study, which was published in the journal Pain. A control group of patients who continued their regular treatment regimen reported no change in symptoms.

The benefits of yoga have definitely proven to be a necessary tool in my path to staying well. We need to nurture our bodies as well as our spirits. That includes feeding it with wholesome foods such as wild blue-green algae, which assists the body to heal itself naturally.

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