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Mind-Body Pain Management for Fibromyalgia

Discover alternative therapies for fibromyalgia pain.

Medically reviewed in September 2020

Updated on March 1, 2021

When it comes to fibromyalgia pain, your mind can either work for you or against you. Some people with fibromyalgia and other types of chronic pain experience high anxiety and stress and may even catastrophize their pain, or assume the worst-case scenario. And that makes coping with fibromyalgia very difficult. But you may achieve some level of fibromyalgia pain management using these simple mind-body strategies.  

Laughter therapy and music therapy for fibromyalgia 
Research suggests that laughter can seriously subdue chronic pain. And while more studies of alternative therapies for fibromyalgia are needed, it's clear that, at the very least, tickling your funny bone can take your mind off of pain and other fibro symptoms. So, seek out the laughs in all that you do—whether it's the movies you watch or the company you keep.  

An interesting, engrossing hobby can take your mind off your fibro symptoms, as well. Same goes for powerful, calming music. In fact, some research has shown that music therapy may decrease fibromyalgia pain. 

Massage therapy for fibromyalgia 
Do-it-yourself massage techniques may not only help alleviate your fibro pain but also put you in a better frame of mind. Ask your doctor or physical therapist for instructions on how to use Styrofoam rollers, tennis balls or other do-it-yourself massage therapy tools. 

Talk therapy for fibromyalgia 
Group therapy or one-on-one fibromyalgia counseling can help you view your situation in a more positive way and help you feel more empowered to handle your fibromyalgia symptoms.

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