Fibromyalgia is a challenging condition that is difficult to diagnose as well as treat. The symptoms associated with fibromyalgia include chronic muscle and joint pain, stiffness; sleep problems, and chronic fatigue.
Many different theories exist in the medical community about this condition; it’s cause and how it can be alleviated. Some of these theories link fibromyalgia to biochemical changes in the body or hormonal imbalances. Trauma to the brain or spinal cord is sometimes suspected. Other theories attribute the problem to stress, sleep disorders, genetics and depression.
Regardless of the cause, there are certain ways that physical therapy can be of assistance. Although it typically won’t provide a cure, therapy can provide relief from pain and discomfort and can help patients find ways to improve their quality of life. Gentle exercises may be prescribed to help strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Aerobic exercise increases and improves the circulation to the muscles. Recommendations for posture and positioning may be given to increase comfort at home or on the job. Therapeutic modalities (such as electrical stimulation) may provide short-term relief from pain and inflammation.
Many of our patients have experienced relief from their symptoms through a special muscle-nerve technique called Myokinesthetics. This technique effectively “re-boots” the nervous system and helps to eliminate chronic pain pathways.