Healing from Chronic Myofascial Pain—Support for Chronic Pain Sufferers

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Treatments: Self-treatments and personal action

Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:

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Sleep/rest 


BOTTOM LINE: Helps reduce my pain, but not eliminate it completely.


Since experiencing an overall reduction in pain after my John F. Barnes myofascial release two-week intensives (JFB-MFR), I have found that one of the next best pain management approaches for me is rest. This includes lying down during the day to relieve pain, but also making sure I get a full night's sleep, or if not, taking a nap during the day.


I didn't realize it at first but my lack of sleep results in increased pain or greater susceptibility to pain flare-ups. Unfortunately, taking naps and lying down often during the day make living a "normal" life of work and play impossible.  


There was a period of time I took over-the-counter sleeping pills (Tylenol's Simply Sleep®) to make sure I got an adequate night's sleep and to reduce my pain. I took the pills over a period of a few months, but then weaned myself off them after intensive myofascial release bodywork (JFB-MFR) more significantly reduced my pain.