#LivingTo100: Soothing the Tender Points of Fibromyalgia

#LivingTo100: Soothing the Tender Points of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is characterized by muscle pain near their attachments to bones. The most distinctive feature of fibromyalgia syndrome is the existence of ‘tender points’, eighteen specific spots where muscles are abnormally tender to the touch. The eighteen points tend to cluster around the neck, shoulders, chest, knees, elbows, hips and include the following:

  • Around the lower vertebrae of the neck
  • At the insertion of the second rib
  • Around the upper part of the thigh bone
  • In the middle of the knee joint
  • In muscles connected to the base of the skull
  • In muscles of the neck and upper back
  • In muscles of the mid-back
  • On the side of the elbow
  • In the upper and outer muscles of the buttocks

Alleviate pain and inflammation associated with fibromyalgia via nutrition. A well-balanced diet of 50% raw foods and “live juices” will help reduce inflammation and pain. Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, raw nuts, and seeds. These types of foods are rich in nutrients, renew energy, and build immunity.

Aim to eat four to 5 small meals a day. This will ensure your body has a steady supply of protein and carbohydrates available for proper muscle function. If the body does not have enough fuel for energy, it will rob the muscles of essential nutrients, causing muscle wasting and pain. Portion control is important. If dining at a restaurant, choose appetizer-size portions. They are great sizes for mini meals. The appetizer size can also be used at home. If appetizers are not available, ask for the lunch size. Lunch portions are often smaller and less expensive than dinner portions. Another trick to control portion sizes is to serve meals on a lunch plate.

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