Saturday, August 20, 2011

Qi Gong and Biofeedback, tools for helping our bodies deal with FM & ME/CFS

The value of correctly executed deep meditative breathing practice, Qi Gong, and biofeedback has been well documented. There is a biological affect of these practices.

Oxygen is needed in the Krebs cycle for cellular metabolism and without oxygen cellular damage will occur. We know from the research that oxidative stress is prevalent in both FM and ME/CFS, and this is something you can do even if you are physically challenged.

We also know that stress affects vital signs such as a rise in blood pressure, heart rate and even temperature. This is particularly important in the FM and ME/CFS patient because our homeostasis is already metabolically challenged and we need to decrease cellular stress for healing. If we work at regulating exterior forces that we can help control, we in affect help our bodies by eliminating one more thing it is trying to deal with. Biofeedback is a great tool for learning what happens to your body when your mind is in overload, and teaches us ways of helping control this.

All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press are for educational purposes and not meant to replace medical advice.

Harmony and Hope, Celeste

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