Fibromyalgia: the mysterious disease that targets women

FibromyalgiaAlthough more than 12 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, surprisingly little is known about the disease.  There is no definitive test and no known cure.

Even more inexplicable is the fact that it targets far more women than men: women are 10 times more likely to develop fibromyalgia.

Usually, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is made only after all other causes are eliminated, making it a “diagnosis by default.”  Symptoms may include anxiety or depression, sleep disturbance, fatigue and pains in the joints, muscles and skin.  These symptoms can become so extreme that it affects the person’s relationships and their ability to hold down a job or even take care of themselves.

If you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, your doctor may prescribe drugs such as antidepressants, pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs to treat your symptoms, although by some estimates these drugs are effective in only 30 to 50 percent of cases.

Many fibromyalgia sufferers find relief from their symptoms through alternative therapies, such as massage, acupuncture, yoga and relaxation techniques.

Your BioMat can also play a role in effective symptom management:

  • For : Use the gold heat setting (131˚F) to soothe aching muscles and joints.  The far infrared ray therapy delivers deep-penetrating energy to sore and painful areas.
  • For increased energy and mobility: Use the yellow heat setting (113-122˚F) to encourage flexibility and heal stressed or injured muscles and joints.
  • For improved sleep and stress relief: Use the green heat setting (95-104˚F) to create healthier sleep patterns, combat insomnia, boost your mood and stimulate deep relaxation healing.  You can safely use your BioMat overnight on the green setting.

You can use your BioMat as frequently as you like, and by using different settings, you can safely manage a host of symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Remember to start out low and slow while your body becomes accustomed to the BioMat.