Yoga’s ability to shift the nervous system out of the stress response and into the relaxation response is vital to people whose central nervous systems are sensitive, hyped up, and overstimulated —such as the case is in Lyme, lyme co -infections, and related or complex wide spread systemic diseases and conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, various autoimmune conditions, ASD and more.
Conditions like fibromyalgia almost always present a symptom picture including widespread pain in the muscles and specific trigger points throughout the entire body.
Personally, I experienced trigger point pain very similar to that of someone with fibromyalgia when going through Lyme treatment. Actually, more than similar — the EXACT same trigger points were impacted as those of a person with Fibromyalgia— and I am willing to bet I am not the only one with Lyme who has dealt with or is dealing with this.
((**QUICK NOTE: I am not implying fibromyalgia is actually undiagnosed Lyme disease, a notion which many with Lyme have pushed on people with Fibromyalgia. Let’s face it: having Lyme does not mean we are certain of the mechanisms of fibromyalgia and other unexplained health problems. So, telling people with fibromyalgia they are wrong, doing the wrong treatments, seeing the wrong doctors etc. is highly insulting to their intelligence and ignorant. To anyone in here with fibromyalgia or something else like CFS —please know I will never do this to you, I believe you know your truth far better than me, obviously. Doing this to people shakes their sense of inner wisdom and confidence they rely on to guide them through their healing journey. No one has a right to carelessly diminish that crucial part of the self in another being. Period. So we will not ever do that here.))
Back to yoga for muscle pain and trigger point therapy
To understand how yoga decreases this type of chronic pain to such a dramatic degree, to the point where people report going from bed bound to active again due to the practice of yoga alone, we will use the analogy of getting “writer’s cramp” to make it easy:
Writer’s cramp occurs because the muscles start to shorten, and then become stuck in the shortened position, leading to writer’s cramp. In order to alleviate pain from writer’s cramp fully, normal muscle length must be restored. Yoga helps reduce trigger point pain in virtually the SAME way for people with fibromyalgia and Lyme disease: it returns shortened muscles back to their proper length.
If you are anxious to try yoga or yoga techniques for pain relief and/or trigger point therapy in particular, I don’t blame ya …chronic pain sucks… which is why I listed some yoga videos with tutorials for fascia release for trigger point therapy, as well as yoga videos of actual yoga classes for pain relief that you can do right from the comfort of your home for free.
If you have any friends or family in pain, pass this information along!
Also, let me know what you think of yoga for pain relief in the comments on this post or below any of the videos on youtube
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Myofascial Techniques for Pain Relief:
- Self-Myofascial Release for Shins
- Self-Myofascial Release for Tight Calves
- Self-Myofascial Release for Forearms and Wrists