For a lot of sufferers of fibromyalgia, the situation can feel somewhat helpless. As a chronic condition with no diagnostic test, many people have to endure long periods of pain and discomfort before they are officially diagnosed and treatment can begin.

The difficulty with treating fibromyalgia medically stems from the fact that there is no single cause, nor is there a single symptom. According to the NHS, symptoms of the condition include….

  • increased sensitivity to pain
  • extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • muscle stiffness
  • difficulty sleeping
  • problems with mental processes (known as "fibro-fog"), such as problems with memory and concentration
  • headaches
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating

When treatment does start, a lot of the tried and trusted recommendations revolve around lifestyle interventions. With such a wide range of problems to treat, often the first port of call is to improve general health by enhancing sleep, improving the diet of the patient and where possible, introducing exercise.

These interventions have proven positive impacts on the health and well-being of the patient.

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Key Points:

  • Non -Medical treatment of fibromyalgia
  • Using Infrared light to help chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia Condition management and infrared

For a lot of sufferers of fibromyalgia, the situation can feel somewhat helpless, but that needn’t be the case. Appropriate lifestyle interventions supported by infrared technology can help ease symptoms and give you a new lease of life.

Non-Medical Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Improving sleep is known to improve pain threshold and tolerance to discomfort [2], so ensuring you manage a full night’s sleep is an important first step. We also know that infrared technology can help to improve the quality of sleep. Simply wearing KYMIRA clothing in bed is an effective way to enhance the depth and efficiency of your sleep [3].

Exercise is another important part of the fibromyalgia treatment puzzle. We have good data that shows regular exercise improves pain tolerance [4], but importantly it also improves mental health as well. Given fibromyalgia is often associated with mental health issues, exercise is a doubly-effective step.

Infrared technology helps to make exercise easier. At lower intensities, wearing KYMIRA’s KYnergy fabrics will help to improve exercise efficiency [5]. In English, this means it allows the wearer to exercise for longer, without getting as tired. If you struggle to exercise, or you’re worried that it might be too much, wearing the fabrics will help you to benefit more from exercise at low intensity.

Using Infrared to Help with Chronic Pain

Thankfully there are ways we can help to manage pain without resorting to medical interventions such as painkillers or even injections. Infrared fabrics have been shown across multiple studies to help ease pain in subjects suffering from a variety of conditions, so fibromyalgia sufferers will be amongst them.

We know that wearing infrared fabrics helps to stimulate Nitric Oxide production, which is a key driver in pain relief.

Nitric Oxide activates a chemical called Cyclic Guanosine Monophosphate (cGMP). This is the chemical activated when we take an opiate painkiller so as Codeine, so increasing nitric oxide will stimulate a mild analgesic affect without the need for medication.

Whilst it’s not a dramatic impact that will make pain disappear on its own, it’s certainly helpful and will boost the effect of other medications via a stacking effect. Many small interventions will add up to create a larger overall impact.

The vasodilating effect of infrared is also a powerful ally when it comes to circulatory and movement issues. If your muscles and joints are sore and stiff, the infrared clothing will help to improve the mobility of the tissues by warming them up, improving blood flow and making their flexibility and mobility better. This effect kicks in even before exercise, so it makes day to day life generally easier.

Fibromyalgia Condition Management and Infrared

It’d be wrong of us to suggest that all you need is infrared clothing to manage your condition, because that’s not the case. What we do know though is that infrared helps to improve the effects of the major lifestyle interventions that are prescribed as part of an overall treatment plan, so it elevates the effect of treatment.

By playing an important role in improving the quality of your sleep, enhancing your ability to exercise, easing mobility, making movement less painful and finally, having a marked improvement on levels of pain, infrared technology can be a fantastic asset to anyone suffering from fibromyalgia.

Using infrared couldn’t be easier, because the technology is literally woven into the KYnergy fabrics that are used to make KYMIRA clothing. All you do is wear the garments and enjoy the benefits. If you don’t want to take medication or are sensitive to particular chemicals in the prescribed medications then it’s the perfect solution.

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