Living Well with Fibromyalgia
Life’s Journey Yoga and Wellness Center is offering a free seminar, Living Well with Fibromyalgia, this Friday, January 20, from 7-8 p.m.
During this seminar, Natural Health Practitioner, University Professor and Medical Researcher, James McCaughern-Carucci, MHS, DD, CNHP, RMT will share what is currently known about fibromyalgia along with current conventional approaches to treatment and clinically proven complementary and alternative therapies available to help manage the disease.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that affects about 10 million people in the United States, typically women to men at a ratio of 9:1.
The National Institute of Health describes fibromyalgia as “a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.”
“The tender points that are characteristic of fibromyalgia affect specific parts of the body – the elbows, around the neck, the front of the knees and the hip joints” (BBC Health).
The New York Times reports that in addition to chronic pain, other symptoms of fibromyalgia may include: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS); memory and concentration problems; numbness and tingling in hands and feet; palpitations; reduced ability to exercise; and tension or migraine headaches.
Womenshealth.com, a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, suggests that therapies such as Acupuncture, Massage Therapy and Yoga can help reduce the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia.
Kimberli Hargnett, Owner/Director of Life’s Journey Yoga and Wellness Center, was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1995, which led her to seek natural ways to heal and help others.
“It is hard to exercise with the pain associated with fibromyalgia,” Harnett said. “I found gentle yoga and the breath with movement as being a true life saver for fibromyalgia. It keeps me flexible, feels wonderful to stretch, and helps with cardio and circulation which so many of us with this syndrome are lacking.”
For Hargnett, natural therapies have offered a relief from pain without the side-effects associated with medications.
“Using natural therapies has helped me really heal areas in my life and be aware of what needs attention,” Hargnett said. “Taking prescriptions for the daily pain only numbed me to the point of a robotically routine. This option was becoming a downward spiral of illness. Although I continue to struggle daily with the symptoms that come with fibromyalgia: pain, foggy thinking, depression and fatigue, I now have practical and effective tools to keep a clear mind and have more vitality in my day to day journey. I always search for ways that are healing to myself and to share with others at Life’s Journey Yoga and Wellness Center. God continues to open doors to greatness.”