Koala and Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions in the world. Yet, many go undiagnosed and untreated, as they are not even aware they have it. Symptoms of fibromyalgia vary in range and severity by the individual, making it hard to identify and effectively treat.
For this reason, many who have fibromyalgia are searching for different therapies that can help offset these painful effects. Weighted blankets are one such effective option.
The Koala weighted blanket triggers a chemical reaction in the body to produce beneficial effects that can help ease a range of symptoms of fibromyalgia, including insomnia. Alleviation from pain is less than 24 hours away when you order a Kalm Koala before 4pm today, thanks to the brand’s free, next-day delivery.
So how can this weighted blanket help?
Deep Pressure Stimulation
A weighted blanket has become one of the top tools to help induce the effects of deep pressure stimulation in the body. This form of therapy is not new; however, as occupational therapists have been using it for years to help treat many sensory disorders.
By enveloping oneself in a weighted blanket, the gentle pressure cocoons the body, using touch to calm the nervous system and create an overwhelming sense of security. This stimulation triggers a chemical reaction in the body, switching off the sympathetic nervous system, which engages during times of stress and danger, and switches on the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for relaxing the body and lowering heart rate.
Using a Koala blanket to switch between the systems, can help offset the chronic symptoms of fibromyalgia. This condition also causes lower levels of serotonin in the body, the hormone that regulates mood, causing a rise in anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Deep touch pressure is known to stimulate the production of serotonin, helping to alleviate these symptoms.
Other symptoms of Fibromyalgia that can possibly be treated by the use of weighted blankets include:
- Soreness and tenderness of the muscles
- Body stiffness and muscle spasms
- Poor sleep quality and possible insomnia
- Cognitive issues, memory problems, trouble concentrating
- Restless leg syndrome
Dealing With Sleep Issues
Over 90% of people with fibromyalgia report trouble sleeping at night. Poor sleep quality and insomnia cause harmful effects on the body and mind in their own right, but when paired with this chronic condition, can further exacerbate already painful symptoms. These persistent problems have far-reaching effects on body and mind, resulting in an all-over lower quality of life.
Using a Koala weighted blanket can help treat these underlying issues, as well as insomnia, allowing users to fall asleep faster, and stay that way. Deep pressure stimulation can induce a relaxing and calming sensation in the body while aiding in the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps keep our sleep-wake cycle in check.
Insomnia can happen from a lack of melatonin in the body, making weighted blankets a great tool to further the effects of this vital hormone, signalling to the body when it's time to sleep.
Restless Leg Syndrome, a possible side effect of Fibromyalgia, causes an overwhelming urge to move the legs during the night, disrupting sleep all-together. Sleeping underneath a weighted blanket can offset these movements, stilling the body so that the mind can fully rest too.
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