Fibromyalgia (Chronic Pain & Fatigue)
Fibromyalgia is a complex condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue, chronic tiredness or low energy. It affects an estimated 2-4% of the world’s population, and it is more common among women than men.
While the exact cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, it is believed to be related to a combination of physical and mental factors, as well as abnormal pain processing in the central nervous system.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
The most common symptom is widespread chronic pain that is often described as a deep ache or burning sensation. It can affect any area of the body, although the most common places are the neck and back.
The other primary symptom is fatigue. Many people with fibromyalgia experience fatigue and lack of energy that can be debilitating and interfere with daily activities.
Other symptoms may include:
Sleep disturbances: Fibromyalgia can cause difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, as well as morning stiffness and fatigue.
Cognitive problems: Some people experience cognitive problems such as difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and “fibro fog.”
Headaches: Migraines and tension headaches are common among people with Fibromyalgia.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Many people also have symptoms of IBS, such as abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation.
Depression and anxiety: Fibromyalgia can take a toll on mental health, and many people with the condition experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.
It's important to note that the symptoms of Fibromyalgia can vary widely from person to person, and may change over time.
How Can Physiotherapy Help Fibromyalgia?
A licensed physiotherapist has a background in anatomy and kinesiology, which is the study of movement. We are able to help people with fibromyalgia by equipping them with the important self-management skills relieve symptoms of pain, and prevent painful flare-ups in their daily lives.
As physiotherapists, we work with clients of all ages and conditions to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and improve quality of living. Working with our clients on a one-to-one basis, we can help restore overall health and fitness.
We understand that fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that can be challenging to manage, and we work closely with our patients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their individual needs.
Physiotherapy Assessment and Diagnosis
The first step in treating fibromyalgia is to perform a comprehensive assessment to determine the extent of the condition and to identify any underlying factors that may be contributing to the pain and discomfort. Our physiotherapists will work with you to understand your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle factors to develop a customized treatment plan.
Physiotherapy Treatments and Advice
A variety of physiotherapy treatments are effective in managing the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Your physiotherapy treatment may include:
Exercise therapy: Regular exercise can help to reduce pain and fatigue, improve sleep quality, and increase overall physical function. Our physiotherapists will develop a comprehensive exercise program that is safe and effective for your individual needs.
Manual therapy: Hands-on techniques such as massage, mobilization, and manipulation can help to reduce pain and stiffness, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.
Education and self-management strategies: Our physiotherapists can provide you with education and guidance on strategies to manage your symptoms on your own, such as stress-reduction techniques, pacing and energy conservation, and sleep hygiene.
Book an Appointment Today
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, our experienced physiotherapists are dedicated to providing personalised care to help you manage your pain and improve your quality of life.
To book an appointment, please contact us today.
Our physiotherapists are highly experienced in managing and treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia as well as other musculoskeletal conditions.
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