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As we have talked about before in a previous blog post, fibromyalgia refers to a musculoskeletal condition that is associated with chronic pain and fatigue. This syndrome causes patients to suffer with numerous symptoms including pain, chronic headaches, incontinences and IBS.
At the moment, there is no known cure. Its symptoms can be managed by regular exercise and incorporating physiotherapy techniques. These relieve stiffness and ease pain on a daily basis.
Physiotherapy aims to help patients regain control of their fibromyalgia. They do this by teaching them how to understand their symptoms and the best ways to manage their joint pain and muscle stiffness. Exercises that focus on targeting strength and flexibility are great ways to relieve pain in these areas. This relieves pain without exacerbating their symptoms. Activities such as tai chi, Pilates, walking, yoga, resistance training and cycling can be very beneficial. Low impact aerobic exercises such as swimming should also be incorporated into exercises routines.
Physiotherapists will also use techniques such as massage, dry needling, acupuncture and joint mobilisation to promote muscle relaxation and remove any areas of stress and tension. In some cases, your physiotherapist may prescribe you specific exercises to help you improve your overall posture. Having good posture can truly benefit fibromyalgia sufferers especially if they often have achy muscles.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can fluctuate often. Patients are fully aware that there are both good days and bad days when it comes to the symptoms that they experience. If this happens, don’t fret. Your physiotherapist can help you pace your activity levels. This is not to exacerbate your symptoms but still get enjoyment from day to day activities. Physio can also help with coping strategies, and pain and fatigue management strategies.
Our physiotherapists at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic will tailor an exercise and physiotherapy treatment plan specific to your symptoms in order to help you manage your fibromyalgia through physiotherapy. It can help improve your quality of sleep, energy levels, functional ability and your overall general health. If you have any questions about the different treatments we offer or would like to book an appointment, contact us here.