Fibromyalgia has notable physical symptoms that attack the body: wide-spread pain, chronic fatigue, and notable tender spots in the upper body. Common treatments include physical therapy and medication to help treat the overall symptoms. New studies show that combining neuroscience and meditation may offer a new direction in treating Fibromyalgia.
The theory behind neuroscience and meditation combining to understand and treat Fibromyalgia treatments builds from an emotional and mental approach. According to research, Fibromyalgia sufferers have a neurological pathway that translates the way they feel pain differently than most. This pathway makes the chronic symptoms feel magnified and more centralized than the average person. Combined with an overall lower threshold for pain statistically, Fibromyalgia subjects feel their symptoms on a much higher level than the average person.
Meditation is the practice of focusing thought and energy on a specific thought – in this case, the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Since studies show that those diagnosed with Fibromyalgia translate pain differently on a subconscious level, it would stand to reason that meditation could be used to effectively treat the symptoms. Building on the theory of neuroplasticity – the thought that nerve cells within the brain have the ability to change themselves – incorporating meditation should have the power to bring the mind to a level of consciousness that can alter how pain is perceived.
Along with its tendency to incorporate relaxation techniques, meditation can retrain the brain to experience Fibromyalgia symptoms differently and bring relief for tension, fatigue, and depression often associated with the illness. Just in general practice, meditation has shown significant success in creating balance for anyone that wants to experience less stress and tension on a muscular and emotional level.
With the brains ability to mold itself and the research continually expanding, it is entirely possible that meditation could become a front-runner in the treatment of Fibromyalgia. The mental capabilities of a person far outshine most medications without the use of harsh narcotics or chemical supplement. This may be a new opportunity to not only treat Fibromyalgia, but to ultimately cure it with both meditation and neuroscience studies.