Physical Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain. The main symptoms in patients that we see here at OSR are muscle and joint pain all over the body as well as fatigue. Researchers think that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way that your brain is handling pain signals. Because of the pain that fibromyalgia brings, it commonly leads to depression and isolation. Many fibromyalgia patients have a difficult time getting motivated to be able to even leave the house.

Fibromyalgia Pain Map
 

Women are more likely than men to develop fibromyalgia and even more so if someone in your family has had it. Generally the symptoms will appear gradually over a period of time or after some sort of trauma. The symptoms can range from just the muscle pain, to a variety of other health issues like headaches, IBS, anxiety or TMJ. There is no official cure for fibromyalgia, although there are medications to aid in controlling the symptoms. Physical therapy is another option as relaxation and exercise of the muscles can help reduce the pain.

Our physical therapists are trained to teach people to self-manage their conditions while they are at home. These conditions include fibromyalgia, as the therapist can help them relieve the pain and stiffness that they suffer from every day. One crucial part of physical therapy is making sure that your muscles have the strength and the adequate range of motion to support your functions for day to day life. Our PT team here at Oahu Spine & Rehab in Kailua can show you ways to get relief from deep muscle pain. And they can help people with fibromyalgia learn how to make sensible decisions about daily activities that will prevent painful flare-up.

Oahu Spine and Rehab’s physical therapy department comprises a team of licensed professionals with extensive knowledge and training dedicated to the preservation, enhancement, and restoration of movement and physical function. Because they have studied the body’s movement, they are able to design a program to fit your individual needs at your own pace.

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According to WebMD, The American Pain Society recommends moderately intense aerobic exercise at least two or three times a week if you have fibromyalgia. They also endorse clinician-assisted treatments such as; acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and chiropractic manipulation for pain relief. Here at OSR we offer all of these services to our patients right here in our Integrated Health Center!

Let OSR help you ease your pain from fibromyalgia. Set up your consultation today by calling 488-5555 or contacting us here!

 

Resources

http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/fibromyalgia-and-physical-therapy

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/basics/definition/con-20019243

American Physical Therapy Association

http://www.medicinenet.com/image-collection/fibromyalgia_picture/picture.htm

 

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