5 ways Lady Gaga could help ease the symptoms that have forced her to cancel her tour dates

Lady Gaga has been in the news recently, after she revealed the reason for cancelling concert dates. In her documentary, she talks about how she has been suffering from Fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions in the world, affecting an estimated 3-6% of the world’s population (200-400 million people). Around 80% of those suffering are women.

Symptoms are mainly pain, extreme fatigue, tenderness around the body, sleep problems, headaches and IBS. But often people have a range of problems that vary from day to day.

Lastest research by American Neuroscientist Dr Frank L Rice has found that sufferers have an excessive number of nerve fibres called arteriole-venule (AV) shunts. It is thought that these cause a lot of the symptoms. Every cell in your body is connected by a continuous web of connective tissue, which tightens in response to trauma, surgery, stress and ongoing poor posture. If these restrictions are causing tension around the AV shunts, the nerve fibres will become irritated, leading to pain and altered blood flow

Myofascial Release is a gentle hands-on treatment that was developed by American Physiotherapist John Barnes. The technique allows the therapist to work with your body and mind to untangle the restrictions that cause pain, tension and inflammation, relieving the irritation on the nerve fibres and easing the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

5 Tips to help ease your Fibromyalgia symptoms

  1. Drink plenty of water: you are made up of 70% water, so dehydration affects every cell and connective tissue fibre in your body
  2. Breathe properly: most of us breathe from the tops of our lungs, rather than using our diaphragms to fill our lungs completely. Improving your breathing technique helps your cells to receive enough oxygen.
  3. Follow your body: it’s ok to rest when you have had enough! By stopping the activity that is aggravating your symptoms, you will enable your body to settle down before everything flares up.
  4. Posture: have a look at how you are spending most of your day. Your body will become the shape it is put into, so by making changes to computer screens, desk chairs, etc, you will be able to relax more easily.
  5. Find a Myofascial Release therapist to assess you and advise on the best course of treatment to help your symptoms.

Nikki Robinson is one of the top Myofascial Release Physiotherapists in Europe. Contact her at http://www.holisticare.co.uk or nikki@holisticare.co.uk