Tip of the Day

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Dr. Harris McIlwain writes, "Stretch more, hurt less. What's the first thing you do when your stomach growls? If you're like me, you grab a snack to calm the hunger pangs. Well, what do you do when your body feels sluggish, achy, or stiff? If you're like many fibromyalgia patients with chronic pain, you rest. That is not the appropriate response! To offset muscle pain and stiffness, I want you to get up and start stretching those tight muscles. Stretching not only improves circulation to the muscles and joints, but also increases your range of motion so that moving around becomes easier in time." (Source: The Fibromyalgia Handbook: A 7-Step Program To Halt and Even Reverse Fibromyalgia. By Harris H. McIlwain, M.D., and Debra Fulghum Bruce, M.S. Owl Books/Henry Holt.)