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HOW WEIGHTED BLANKETS CAN HELP WITH FIBROMYALGIA…

If you’ve ever woken up from sleep under a heavy blanket and throw then you will have had a taste of how weighted blankets work.

By applying gentle pressure, a weighted blanket actually mimics therapeutic massage known as deep pressure touch stimulation. This firm pressure relaxes the nervous system and “triggers a chain reaction in the body that releases an overall sense of calm and peace.” They consist of plastic pellets or ball bearings that make the blankets heavy with an average weight of around 7kg.

The good things that come out of using this blanket include reduced pain, better sleep, improved focus, and lower anxiety levels.

When used at night, a therapeutic weighted blanket creates a wonderful sense of comfort and well-being. This allows the user to unwind and relax faster and easier than they normally would, perfect for those who suffer from insomnia.

The benefits includes the production of melatonin, a sleep hormone which regulates your natural sleep cycle.

I am sure you will have heard of oxytocin, which is a neurotransmitter sometimes referred to as the “happiness hormone.” There are different ways to boost the body’s production of oxytocin but, Sense Calm writes that Dr. Timothy J. Legg at Medical News Today writes, “When people hug, the body releases the hormone oxytocin… The weighted blanket essentially imitates the warmth and security that a hug provides. Both the blanket and hug use a gentle, firm pressure that goes deep within the body giving a sense of repose that allows the body to relax.” 

 Fatigue is one of the most commonest and debilitating symptoms of Fibromyalgia, which often goes hand-in-hand with sleepless nights. Weighted Blankets can help you have restorative sleep and have a better night of quality sleep.

The Independent writes “Sensory weighted blankets and clothing are nothing new; therapists have used them for more than a decade to help people with autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But the blankets only really hit the mainstream consumer market recently, when people started sharing how comforting they found them.”

The Sleep Advisors website lists this years 10 best weighted blankets reviewed and compared.

Deep sleep is well known for our bodies to heal, restore, and reduce pain sensitivity. There are so many reasons to get enough sleep.

Healthline lists a number of 10 reasons you need to have a good sleep pattern –

  1. Losing sleep can impair your body’s ability to fight off illness.
  2. Your chances of developing coronary heart disease or having a stroke are greatly increased with less sleep.
  3. Your cancer risk increases.
  4. You can’t think properly.
  5. You forget stuff.
  6. Your libido diminishes
  7. You gain weight
  8. Your risk of diabetes increases
  9. You’re accident prone.
  10. Your skin suffers.

Source: Applied Behaviour Analysis, Sensa Calm, Physcology Today Medical News Today, The Independent, The Sleep Advisors, Healthline

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28 REASONS TO READ THROUGH BACK PAIN BLOG UK’s JANUARY BLOG POSTS…

I kickstarted January with a New Year Quote –

1.A NEW YEAR QUOTE FROM BACK PAIN BLOG UK

2. How To Kickstart Your Health in the Right Direction for 2022. – lots of information about Dry January and Veganuary…

3. Instead of New Year Resolutions I decided to write a list of things I wanted to try and achieve in 2022. 30 Things I Plan To Try and Achieve in 2022...

4. January is National Blood Donors Month so I wrote a post on – January Is National Blood Donors Month – Give Blood and Save Lives…

5. Low Back Pain – Another Symptom of the Omicron Covid-19 Virus –

6. The Fundamentals of Recovering from An Accident

7. Apitherapy Bee Venum for Pain from Acute to Chronic Illnesses...

8. As usual my Sleep Sunday posts were very popular and included – Let’s Talk About Tips to Help You Sleep Better…

9. Sleep Sunday – Lets Talk About How to Banish Your Insomnia…

10. Sleep Sunday – Let’s Talk About How to Banish Your Insomnia Part 2…

11. Sleep Sunday – Let’s Talk About 4 of the Best CBD Oils for Insomnia…

12. Use Healing Herbs in Your Cooking – this was a reblog from my other blog ‘Afternoon Tea4Two’ as we all need to look after our health and these herbs can help keep you healthy.

13. Some more Back Pain Tips last month with this list of 26 Back Pain Tips to Keep The Pain at Bay…

14. Top Tips for Preventing a Back Injury When Lifting Heavy Items at Work…

15. This post is about Aquatic Exercise for Health which is something I want to add to my list of Things I Want to Achieve in 2022. Aquatic Exercise is Better Than Physical Exercise for Lower Back Pain…

16. Shoulder Pain Relief with Chiropractor Care is a repost from Dr. James Schofield’s blog as so many people suffer from shoulder pain and I think this post could help relieve some of their pain.

17. 5 Types of Chronic Pain that you Can Manage using White Horn Kratom – White Horn Kratom is not something I had really read about before but it sounds very interesting as a treatment for pain.

18. The Antibiotic Jab for Back Pain – wouldn’t this be marvlous if this worked for us all suffering from back pain – it is an interesting read.

19. Relaxation Therapy for all Types of Chronic Pain – this is definitely worth a try.

20. A Healthy Lifespan with (DNA) Do Not Age – I am fascinated by this companies products and I am definitely giving some a try so watch out for my reviews.

21. Another post about the uses of Kratom – How to Use Kratom for Inflammation.

22. Feel Amazing By Volunteering in 2022 – It’s Good for Your Health – I have chosen one from this list as I love making handmade cards and thought the idea of making them to cheer a child up was definitely up my street. Check this post out, I am sure you will find something you would like to try.

23. 5 Weeks on from SIJ Injections – My regular readers will have seen I went in hospital just before Christmas for some Sacro-iliac Injections and I have been writing about how amazing they have been for my pain.

24. Psoriatic Arthritis/Fibromyalgia Share Common Symptoms

25. My usual Health Awareness Days/Month post which is also very popular. You would be surprised how many awareness days there are now. Health Awareness Days for February 2022.

26. Supplements for Fibromyalgia from DNA – I have started taking some supplements from this company so I will review the results when I have finished them.

27. PEMF Therapy For All Types of Pain – This is a therapy I have not written about before but once I started researching about it I felt my readers who be very interested in it.

28. My final post of the month was how the NHS had produced a list of 20 of the most painful conditions which included Fibromyalgia. So, for any sceptic’s out there read this article before you comment on whether it is a real conditon or not. Fibromyalgia is Listed in the NHS 20 Most Painful Conditions.

I hope you enjoyed my posts for January and look forward to hearing from some of you about my posts in February. I will finish with my quote for the month of January.

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TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES LINKED TO FIBROMYALGIA…

There is a growing belief that long-lasting emotional traumatic experiences may have a direct bearing on Fibromyalgia Syndrome. It has even been said that a sizable percentage of fibromyalgia patients have gone through a lengthy period of emotional trauma.

Everyday Health writes that even though many experts link fibromyalgia symptoms to injury that affects the head and neck, traumatic triggers of fibromyalgia can be much more widespread. “Any type of trauma or stressful event, such as major surgical procedures, being deployed to war, certain types of infections, all trigger fibromyalgia, and most of those are not associated with any trauma to the spine,” clarifies rheumatologist Daniel Clauw, MD, a professor of medicine and director of the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center in the anesthesiology department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Traumatic experiences can include things like divorce, a car accident, some long debilitating illness, child abuse, emotional trauma, certain viruses, a childhood separation or even living through a war.

Web MD wrote that while the cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown, the condition often occurs following physical trauma — such as an illness or injury — which may act as a trigger. In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology developed a standardized diagnostic evaluation for fibromyalgia, which includes a history of widespread pain for a minimum of three months and pressure-associated pain at 11 of 18 specific sites on the body.

The theory is that the traumatic events in themselves did not cause Fibromyalgia, but it could have triggered the attack. Mine was triggered after a spinal injection went a bit wrong and caused me to stop breathing. I was lucky that an orthopaedic surgeon asked me to write down all my pain and he immediately said he thought I had Fibromyalgia and referred me to a Rheumatologist to confirm his findings. Not many are as lucky as me and have been trying for a long period of time to find out what their pains were all about. That, in itself, can cause more Fibromyalgia symptoms.

They say that the trauma may have caused some deep-seated physiological flaw that had been latent in the patient. The Fibromyalgia then rears up and the symptoms appear. I had hypnosis for the flashbacks of the incident which worked amazing but did nothing for the pain from the Fibromyalgia.

The NHS writes that one of the main theories is that people with fibromyalgia have developed changes in the way the central nervous system processes the pain messages carried around the body and is often triggered by a stressful event, including physical stress or emotional stress.

This could be the result of changes to chemicals in the nervous system.

The central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) transmits information all over your body through a network of specialised cells. Changes in the way this system works may explain why fibromyalgia results in constant feelings of, and extreme sensitivity to, pain.