Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Ongoing Tasks

I am back to using the following tools and exercises:

1. The heat therapy pad - I prefer heat to cool pads (use what works for you)

2. Resting during the day, even if I cannot sleep, I still lay down and rest.

3. If you can get someone to give you a gentle massage it helps your pain and weakness. I also enjoy it when my son combs my hair.

4. My Prayer Position Exercise:

Movement is necessary, so slowly introduce stretching exercises and my prayer position stretch; I do this several times during the day. It helps, so please try it.

1. Start by holding your hands in a prayer position.

2. Raise your arms over your head keeping your hands together in a prayer position.

3. Turn your palms outward (the front of your hands are now placed together in this position).

4. Stretch your arms downward as you separate your hands bringing your elbows down and place your hands back into the prayer position.

5. Repeat (2 to 3) two to three times.

Note: Please make sure to perform this exercise within your pain-free range of motion.

Quiet time and nice soothing music helps me forget about the symptoms I experience. I hope and pray my own experience and prayers will be helpful to everyone.

Please keep me updated on your progress.

Viv

4 comments:

perpetualspiral said...

Regarding #3 - the massages & hair-combing - touch is an extremely effective healer :) The more hugs, caresses, massages etc etc we get, the better. Being touched is actually an essential part of health. Humans are social creatures, but not only do we need communication intimacy, we need to be touched! Being touched releases really good chemicals in our body, including endorphins which are natural painkillers and comforters. If we don't have this in our lives, we ail. So I'm glad you have someone to do this for you!!

Fibro Viv said...

Hello Perpetualspiral,

Thanks for your comments and I agree that touch is an effective healer. I am blessed to have a loving husband and three sons. They all know how to communicate their love and show it in many different ways.

God Bless,

Tricia said...

I find that using a hot water bottle on my abdomen helps with my IBS pain, but I never thought of using it anywhere else until you suggested it. Seem stupid of me now when I think about it. How could I not think of that? Thank you Viv.

Fibro Viv said...

Hello Tricia,

When I used the Rehabilitation Program while on medical leave they used to have us use heat and cold therapy. I am very sensitive to anything cold, so I use heat therapy.

I am glad it helped you! I hope you are doing better each day.