Fibromyalgia syndrome affects the muscles and soft tissue. Symptoms include chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems and painful tender points or trigger points that can be relieved through medications, lifestyle changes, stress management and physical therapy.
People with fibromyalgia often describe their symptoms as a flu-like infection that doesn't go away. It leaves you exhausted and unable to think or find the right words (symptoms of fibro fog). With fibromyalgia, you have trouble sleeping and wake up stiff and achy. Your symptoms can be debilitating and you probably feel as though you have to push yourself to get anything done.
Common symptoms of fibromyalgia -- also known as fibromyalgia syndrome or FMS -- may include:
How Can a Physical Therapist Help my Fibromyalgia?
A licensed physical therapist has a background in anatomy and kinesiology - the study of movement. This background allows the therapist to develop specific stretching and strengthening programs to meet the specific needs of a fibromyalgia affected person.
While there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, physical therapy may help ease the symptoms of pain. It can also help reduce stiffness and fatigue. In addition to exercise, physical therapists use a wide range of resources from deep tissue massage to ice and heat packs for hydrotherapy. With these tools, physical therapists can help people with fibromyalgia use their muscles, stretch for flexibility, and move their joints through range-of-motion exercises.
The benefit of physical therapy is that it allows a person with fibromyalgia to work closely with a trained professional who can design a fibromyalgia-specific treatment program. The therapist documents your progress and gauges whether you're practicing good therapy habits, alignments, and movement patterns while doing these exercises at home.
The following are a few exercises you can do at home, to relieve yourself of any sort of pain.
Do it at least once a day to help increase flexibility, loosen tight, stiff muscles, and improve range of motion. These combinations will help ease everyday movements, like looking over your shoulder or reaching for a can on the top shelf of your pantry. Stretching during workouts may also help you to tolerate training better.
Practicing the Hatha kind—a more gentle combination of postures, breathing, and meditation reduces the physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women with fibromyalgia. Yoga also helps build endurance and energy and improves sleep and concentration.
If you want to improve your fibromyalgia condition, you need more complex physical therapy exercises. In such as a case, it's best to get in touch with a professional physical therapist.