Physical Therapy for Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes fatigue and widespread pain and tenderness in the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia may have specific tender points on their body where they are particularly sensitive when pressure is applied. Patients with fibromyalgia typically experience constant dull muscle aches and additional pain from pressure on certain tender points throughout the body, including the upper chest, inner knees, or upper shoulders.
Physical therapy is often recommended as a treatment for fibromyalgia, as certain techniques and exercises may help to reduce pain. The goal of physical therapy is to ease painful symptoms, reduce stiffness and fatigue. Physical therapists may use treatments including ice, heat packs and deep tissue massage. Physical therapists work with patients to achieve proper posture and efficient muscle function to alleviate fatigue and pain. In addition, the therapist may use slow stretching exercises to help improve muscle flexibility and joint movement through range-of-motion exercises. Relaxation exercises may also be introduced to patients to help reduce muscle tension.
In addition to adhering to a physical therapy regimen, individuals with fibromyalgia should strive to maintain active, healthy, stress-free lifestyles, to manage the symptoms of this condition and improve their quality of life.