Welcome* to this informational site for fibromyaligia, or FM, as it is often abbreviated. More than 11 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which is considered an arthritis-related condition. The symptoms for FM are varied, but a diagnosis of FM is usually given if you have had overall body pain for more than three months, and have extra sensitivity on 11 of the 18 tender points as defined by the American College of Rheumatology. Symptoms can include chronic muscular pain, headaches or migraines, fatigue, disturbed sleep, to name some of the common ones. (For further information on these points and symptoms, see Mayo Clinic and ACR on the Recommended Links page.)

Why is this site called Yogaforfibro? Because, for those with FM, yoga can be beneficial as a tool to help improve your quality of life. Yoga is noncompetitive and adaptable, emphasizes posture, alignment, works on balance and breathing and teaches you how to relax. The tightness that can result from the tension of chronic muscular pain can often be relieved by gentle stretches. The stress resulting from FM in general can be reduced, and sleep improved with some basic techniques and guided visualizations. Most people feel better after having done a relaxing yoga class, and this holds true for those with FM also. (See Yoga Journal article by Dr. Timothy McCall on Recommended Links page and also Books and Videos p ages.)

Since the diagnosis of FM has become more widespread, it is important to offer as many tools as possible to help those coping with this often-debilitating condition. Therapeutic yoga has been available as a form of healing for hundreds of years and when guided by a knowledgeable teacher and done appropriately, it can offer valuable assistance in self-management. But, not all styles of yoga offer benefits for those with FM, so choose your teacher wisely. Make sure you explain your condition and symptoms to the teacher and if she/he is unfamiliar with FM, or does not have at least 10 years of experience and/or a medical background, maybe consider finding another teacher. Look on our Recommended Links page for some sites to assist you in finding a teacher.

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