Fibromyalgia Pain: How Stretching Helps Relieve Tight & Painful Muscles by Keith Sereduck
Waking up is easy. Getting out of bed is the hard part when you have fibromyalgia. The quicker you break down that wall and get moving, the better you'll be able to move all day. So, how do you do it? I've found that stretching is the best medicine and, best of all, it's free.
- Before I get out of bed, I start at my toes, my feet, my ankles. Move them around and stretch them in every possible direction.
- Calves are another one you can do in bed. Lying on your back, simply straighten your legs and stretch your toes in the direction of your head. Hold it.
- While you're on your back, swing one leg over your body as far as you can and stretch your side out. Repeat with your other leg and side.
- Put your arms straight over your head and push off on your wall or headboard.
- Don't forget your face. Stretching all of the different muscles and parts of your face will help wake you up and not feel tight. Don't worry about looking silly, no one's there anyway.
- Now you're ready to get out of bed. Do it. Stand up, put your right arm above your head and bend your torso to the left. Repeat with your other side.
Tight muscles are weak, painful muscles. Doing these stretches will also help prevent muscles spasms. Any time during the day you begin to feel as muscles tighten, stretch them immediately. Keeping loose will keep you moving. Any time you have to rest or sit for long periods, you should stretch while doing it and when you get up.
Don't be afraid to pop your points. This is helpful in releasing gasses and fluids that will make you more mobile.
If you're like me and get painful spasms in your neck, I didn't forget about that area. I'll have a separate tip for that soon.
So, what are you waiting for? Get moving!
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