Our hectic lifestyles can take a heavy toll on our body and fibromyalgia is evidence for it. The disease which invokes acute pain in 9 paired tender points in the body is observed in around 2% of the general population and can affect anyone between the ages of 20-50 years. A major cause of this acute pain is depression and stress according to Dr. Frederick Wolfe, a researcher credited with its discovery, making a large part of the urban population prone to it. Though there is no definite cure for the disease, the pain associated with it can be effectively managed in adults and children through physical therapy and associated techniques.
How physical therapy can help
There is no single best treatment therapy for fibromyalgia but physical therapy and exercise therapy can significantly reduce symptoms making it easy for patients to go about daily activities. Physical therapists will create a personalised treatment plan which focuses on an individual’s specific needs as per evaluation. Treatment under the supervision of a physical therapist will involve performance tracking, gauging alignments, movement patterns and self-supervised exercises at home. Physical Therapy and/or Exercise Therapy is responsible for restoring normal function, improving mobility, relieving pain and preventing further aggravation of the disease. Fibromyalgia patients can easily indulge in physical activity without triggering pain, fatigue or any other discomfort.
Physical Therapy techniques
Along with chronic and widespread pain, Fibromyalgia is also responsible for various other discomforts such as disturbed sleep pattern, stiffness, fatigue and psychological distress. Other treatment techniques used for fibromyalgia are more focussed on suppressing the symptoms whereas physical therapy teaches patients to manage the disease and work around it.
Living with fibromyalgia is difficult but physiotherapy and exercise therapy can help you manage it with a well balanced treatment program.