What do most people do when they have a problem? Google it. Almost everyone with adrenal fatigue will have at some point searched online for information about the condition and how to manage it. In fact, that’s how most of the readers on this page will have arrived here.
Modern technology is wonderful because it provides us with access to knowledge and information in a way that could not have been possible just a couple of decades ago. However, therein lies the dilemma. For a person searching for solutions for their adrenal exhaustion, more often than not, the amount of information available can become overwhelming. This just adds to the stress that’s causing their problems in the first place.
A good practitioner can help to guide you through the maze. But that doesn’t necessarily solve the problem. Which therapies are best for adrenal fatigue? More to the point; which therapies are right for you?
What works for one will not necessarily work for all. For that reason, when choosing a therapy, it’s important to evaluate what it is specifically that you’re looking for help with. What symptoms are unique to you?
Which therapy is right for you?
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is sleep an issue for you?
- Are you looking for nutritional support?
- Does talking help you to manage your stress?
- Do you have aching muscles or joint pain?
Asking questions like this can help you identify the type of therapy best suited to you.
Make a list of your top concerns and work from there. For example, if sleep is your major problem, visiting an herbalist for a preparation might avoid the need for sleeping tablets. On the other hand, if your main issue is managing anxiety, you may gain greater benefits from NLP or Cognitive Behavioural therapy.
Your adrenal fatigue is just as individual as you are.
If you’re looking for information about which therapies can help; The Adrenal Fatigue Solution is a good place to start. Here’s a run-down of a few useful therapies to get you started.
Think of naturopaths and integrative doctors as being doctors who look at your condition more holistically, rather than focusing on specific symptoms. A good practitioner will not only be trained in a specialist discipline (for example herbal medicine) but will also have spent a number of years studying nutrition and a range of diagnostic techniques. Like family doctors, naturopaths offer a range of services, so it’s important to find out about their specialities before deciding which practitioner will be the best fit for you.
Holistic healthcare professionals look to identify the root cause of the problem and treat the individual as opposed to the condition. Treatments may take a range of approaches from ordering tests and prescribing herbal tinctures to prescribing hormone replacement. There is often a great emphasis on diet, so you can expect to learn a lot about managing health issues with food.
Holistic healthcare providers are a great option for people looking to make a long term commitment to their health. Don’t visit one unless you’re serious about making significant lifestyle changes to achieve your goal.
If you’re looking for herbal support to help manage your adrenal fatigue, it can be tempting to fall into the “Google” trap in an attempt to self-medicate. More often than not, this results in you spending a ton of money on herbal products that might, or might not work. A far more cost effective way is to visit an trained professional.
Prescriptions can take the form of teas, capsules or tinctures, and usually contain a combination of different herbs chosen specifically for your individual situation. Once again, herbal training can vary and practitioners can be like chalk and cheese. Some herbalists prescribe ayurvedic formulas, while others may work with Chinese herbs and energetic prescribing. It may take a little research to find a practitioner whose work resonates with you.
Low energy can often mean that intense exercise is off limits for people with adrenal fatigue. If you’re used to being active but increasingly find you’re too tired for sports, Yoga is a great choice. Not only can a gentle class get your body moving, it’s also scientifically proven to lower anxiety and stress.
If anxiety is a major cause of your adrenal fatigue, yoga therapy might be an option for you. A good teacher can help you learn how to remain present in the moment, and show you breathing techniques to help you manage your anxiety outside the studio in day to day life.
If one to one sessions aren’t for you, or you’re unsure if this therapy will help, there are tons of free videos online so you can practice in the comfort of your own home. Therapies don’t have to be expensive!
Reflexology / Massage
If you’ve ever had a foot massage, you’ll know how it can instantly melt away stress.
However, reflexology is so much more than this. Based on the premise that points on the feet (and hands) correspond with different parts of the body, therapists manipulate these points to bring about balance and healing from top to toe.
Many colleges now offer short courses in reflexology. It’s a great skill to learn as you can easily practice on yourself and your family at home. If you’re sceptical that reflexology can work for you, ask if your local college runs student clinics at a reduced rate cost. That way, you get to see if this therapy really offers benefits for you, without breaking the bank.
Think of the smell of freshly baked bread. Just the mere suggestion takes you to a happy place. This is because the part of the brain that allows you to perceive scent is associated with the limbic system – in other words, the part that contains all of your memories and emotions.
Essential oils don’t just have the ability to lift your mood; they offer a huge range of other health benefits too. Juniper helps to strengthen the immune system, coriander improves digestion, geranium balances hormones… Just as an herbalist creates an individual formula, an aromatherapist will blend a selection of oils specifically chosen for you. Combined with massage, aromatherapy can be an affordable way to manage your adrenal fatigue. This therapy is recommended for people who may have joint and muscle pain, or who may be having difficulty sleeping.
Choosing the right therapy may feel a lot like trial and error at first, but it avoids the need to battle through the adrenal fatigue minefield on your own.
The Adrenal Fatigue Solution is full of information that a qualified practitioner will be able to share. It contains further resources for a range of alternative therapies and is packed with advice about finding the right practitioner for you. If you’re looking to get started on the road to health, it’s a great place to begin.
Which therapies have you tried that worked? Let us know!