Fibronomics and How this Concept Helps Those with Fibromyalgia

Fibronomics and How this Concept Helps Those with Fibromyalgia
I recently came across Mark J. Pellegrino, MD, and was completely fascinated by the concept of fibronomics. Fibronomics is an interesting term related to how we move our body when we have fibromyalgia. It's like ergonomics with a FM twist. Pellegrino, who coined the term, has had FM since childhood. Here are some of Pellegrino's best fibronomics tips: 1. When changing a lightbulb, hold up your elbow with your opposite hand to give it support, while standing on a stool or ladder to get closer to the lightbulb. This example made so much sense to me. I never would have thought of that. 2. For driving a prolonged distance, switch your hands between the 10:00 and 2:00 position, and the 4:00 and 8:00 positions. This technique helps those of us with FM avoid getting too stiff while driving. 3. When you're washing dishes, put a foot on a stool or open the door to the cabinet underneath, and rest your foot on the shelf. It will take some stress off your back. It's also helpful to use a dish scrubber with a long handle so you don't have to bend over so much. 4. When applying makeup, set a magnifying mirror on a table. That way you don't have to bend over a sink to get close enough to the mirror, or tip your head back while applying makeup. Personally, I just use lipstick. It's been a long time since I wore any makeup. Pellegrino's four rules of fibronomics are as follows: Arms stay home. Unload the back. Support always welcome. Be naturally shifty How does that look on a practical basis in our daily lives? Whatever job or chore you're doing, keep your arms below your shoulders, elbows touching your side. One way to do this while cleaning your bathtub would be to use a mop to wash the tub and surrounding tile, rinse and you're done. Make use o
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  1. Julie Shenk says:

    Robin, I’m very familiar with him & his small purple/white book was one of the very first books I came across & purchased. Good info. I also learned that there are really ‘different’ types of Fibromyalgia depending on how you obtained. I learned that those who started with FM (me six months to the date) after a whiplash would have a far greater challenge of overcoming. In fact, he said people would only get to a ‘certain point’ of recovery. I can attest to that. Yes, the genetics were there, but it was this particular whiplash and time in my life that the needle broke the camel’s back.


    I was diagnosed 26yrs ago 10 years before that I got whiplash and after that I started getting everything from intercstyst to stomachaches then the chronic pain at a level7 on pain meds. Great disease takes everything from u ???

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