Simple and Effective Home Remedies for Fibrositis
Fibrositis describes an inflammation of the small, tough, muscular nodules between the shoulder blades. When these muscles become stressed and tense, small buds of tissue protrude through weak spots in the muscles’ membranous capsule, becoming pinched and short of blood. The nodules cause pain locally, and can also press on nerves, sending a toothache-like pain (neuralgia) down the arm.
- Toothache type pain between the upper spine and one or both shoulder blades.
- The seat of pain is ‘nodule’ detectable by fingertip exploration of the area.
- Pain worse on hot, windy days and after exercise.
- Pain can travel down the arm to the elbow.
Besides a recommending a whole food diet, a naturopath would examine any exercise regimen being followed, to discover muscle overuse, and would try and find out any sources of tension causing hunching and spasm of the shoulder girdle. (Fibrositis can be a symptom of hunching over a computer in an office, for example.) Exercise, such as swimming in a heated pool, aims at relaxing spasm in the affected muscles. Further hydrotherapy in the form of warm showers, baths and compresses would be used, together with appropriate herbal and aromatherapeutic remedies. Manipulation and further exercise regimens might be suggested if spinal misalignment was thought to be a contributory factor.
A wholefood diet would be recommended similar to that advised for arthritis sufferers. Raw foods and juices fasts help deal with rheumatic pain, and a useful juice for fibrositis consists of 350 ml carrot juice mixed with 110 ml spinach juice and sipped twice daily.
A specific supplement regimen recommended for fibrositis comprises calcium pantothenate (a B-complex vitamin): 500 mg daily for 2 days; 1000 mg daily for 3 days; 1500 mg for 4 days; and 2000 mg daily thereafter for 2 months or until relief is obtained. The daily intake thereafter should then be the minimum required to maintain relief.
Old country remedies include sleeping on fern or a mattress containing it; a poultice of hot cabbage; and a compress using 1 liter of water in which you have soaked a chopped onion and 1 handful each of lavender, broom flowers, heather and chamomile, and left them to steep until cool.
Make massage oil using 2 tsp soya oil plus 3 drops each of lavender and oregano or marjoram essence. Alternatively, try adding 3-4 drops of lavender, marjoram, oregano or chamomile essence to a warm bath or foot bath; or inhale from an incense burner.
- Avoid straining shoulder muscles, e.g. by lifting heavy weights.
- Maintain shoulder muscle health by gentle upper torso exercises daily.
- Avoid cramping and spasms in shoulder muscles by stress-relieving measures.
- Cover up after exercising and avoid perspiration cooling on uncovered upper back.
- Seek medical advice for persistent pain in the upper back and shoulders.
- Fibrositis is sometimes diagnosed by default – it can be relieved with medical and natural treatment.
Seeking Medical Help
Fibrositis is now considered an outdated term for the more updated term, fibromyalgia. This is a rather broad term for pain, but if it occurs in the lower back, middle back or upper back and neck, seeking out a chiropractor or a sports medicine therapist can be of great help in feeling better and healing.
A chiropractor or sports medicine therapist can help you heal naturally. They will align your back, show you the proper exercises to use and use pressure points. So much has been learned about pressure points to not only relieve pain, but also heal the pain. Using a small hard rubber ball against a wall against the pressure points can also heal the pain.
One thing you never want to do is to take pain killer pills. Pain killer pills are dangerous, they can become addictive and they only mask the pain, which can hinder the healing process. If you find a doctor that only wants to prescribe pain killer pills, find a different doctor.
Losing weight can also help pain in the lower back and eating a healthier diet can also relieve pain in the back. Carrying excess weight does put a strain on the muscles of the back.