What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a term that relates to a set of symptoms which typically includes, widespread body pain (usually neck, shoulders, back and pelvis), muscle tension, touch tenderness of the muscles, and feelings of fatigue and sleep disturbance. This may also be associated with symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, gut pain, period pain and depressed mood. The symptoms of fibromyalgia can be very scary and distressing.
Risk factors for Fibromyalgia:
Sustained periods of stress, poor sleep, inactivity or over activity, exhaustion. Together these factors over time can result in changes in the nervous system resulting in widespread sensitivity.
Treatment of Fibromyalgia:
It’s very important to understand that the pain associated with Fibromyalgia is not related to any specific injury or tissue damage. Therefore, treating specific tissues provides no long-term benefits.
Our physiotherapists at Body Logic Physiotherapy play a very important role in the treatment of Fibromyalgia, including identifying the key factors linked to your symptoms, coaching in body relaxation, breathing techniques, relaxed movement, sleep rehabilitation and graded activity. A long-term plan is the key to controlling this problem. We also work with your doctor and/or a clinical psychologist if additional care is needed.