Pain relief through socialising

Pain relief through socialising

Social connection is an important factor in our wellbeing. But for those diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, it is absolutely crucial.

This was one the key ideas that we explored at today’s Social Health module, the third of seven modules in the Finding Your Feet with Fibromyalgia course.

The roots of the word ‘Fibromyalgia’ translate to pain in the muscle fibres. As many of us are all too aware,  the disorder is characterised by widespread pain, fatigue, digestive issues, cognitive dysfunction and a host of other symptoms. Fibromyalgia is thought to be due to a sensitised nervous system.

Treatment recommendations include increased activity and sleep. But the problem is many find their body’s heightened sensitivity makes both a challenge.

A cycle of dysfunction can then ensue, which further limits their capacity to participate in activities and socialising.

Finding Your Feet with Fibromyalgia teaches skills for soothing the nervous system by:

  • participating in regular relaxation;
  • contributing to supportive relationships; and
  • committing to meaningful life goals.

Today’s group recognised they can take responsibility for their health and set their own positive cycle for wellness.

One of these virtuous cycles was beautifully expressed by Jane, who said, poignantly: “nurturing my relationship enables each of us to bring a better version of our self to the world.”

Finding Your Feet with Fibromyalgia next runs March 14-15 2015.  Get in touch to reserve your place.

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