How Physical Therapy Can Help Fibromyalgia Patients
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that affects muscles as well as soft tissue and causes chronic pain, fatigue, and sleep problems. While there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, patients can relieve and manage their symptoms by making lifestyle changes, decreasing stress, and attending physical therapy. If you are living with fibromyalgia, here are just some of the ways a physical therapist can help.
Manage Your Symptoms
Living with fibromyalgia is far from easy. At times, your pain may be so intense that you avoid physical activity altogether, but unfortunately, a sedentary lifestyle only makes the condition worse. To truly manage your symptoms and decrease pain, you need regular, moderate exercise. Some of the best exercises for fibromyalgia patients include aerobic exercises, stretches, yoga, tai-chi, and deep breathing techniques.
In physical therapy, your physical therapist will introduce you to these exercises and instruct you on how to practice at home. If you struggle with movement at first, your physical therapist will work with you to gradually increase your exercise tolerance. Over time, you may notice an improved range of motion and functionality of your muscles and a decrease in pain. You may also notice decreased body weight and improved sleep, which will further improve your condition.
Reduce Your Pain
When you go to a physical therapy consultation, the physical therapist will ask you about your pain and develop a specialized treatment plan. Depending on your pain, your physical therapist may put pressure on your muscles, use connective therapy, or walk you through specialized stretches. They may also recommend massage therapy which can help increase your blood flow, reduce inflammation, and promote muscle relaxation. If you are interested in massage therapy, ask your physical therapist about a referral.
Learn Valuable Information
Physical therapy is much more than exercises and stretches. It also offers the opportunity to learn more about fibromyalgia, so you can better cope with the symptoms. Through exercise, you will learn more about your body, how you respond to pain, and how you can combat pain in your everyday life. Your physical therapist may also teach you some stress management techniques and ways you can improve your sleep. If you ever have any health questions, never be afraid to ask your physical therapist.
Contact Haven Physical Therapy
Haven Physical Therapy offers outpatient physical therapy services in Southwest Missouri. Whether you live with fibromyalgia, a sports injury, or you are recovering from surgery, our team of physical therapists will work with you to develop a specialized treatment plan. Pain doesn’t have to be a part of your daily routine, so contact us today and get back to doing the things you love.