Fibromyalgia and Physiotherapy

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Recent studies show that Physiotherapy can relieve fibromyalgia symptoms.  The relief of fibromyalgia symptoms appears with continuous physiotherapy  treatment sessions.   A  study in Norway found that patients with fibromyalgia treated with physiotherapy reported marked decreases in pain, muscle stiffness and tender points.  Physiotherapists can give you a fibromyalgia treatment program pinpointing your specific needs and can be carried out at home or at a treatment facility.
Is Physiotherapy Painful for Fibromyalgia Patients?
Sometimes Physiotherapy for patients with fibromyalgia may be uncomfortable or painful.  However, the therapist has specific treatments available that can help minimize pain.  As muscles are stretched and exercised, it is only natural to experience some soreness.  As therapy progresses, the range of motion and strength increases, and soreness diminishes.  In general, fibromyalgia patients feel better following therapy, and look forward to the next session.
How Long Does A  Session Of Physiotherapy  Last?
The amount of time needed for a session depends on the type of therapy involved.  For example, it may take one patient longer to complete their therapeutic exercises than another. Also, as a patient makes progress, their treatment plan is modified accordingly.
Finding The Right Type Of Physiotherapy for Fibromyalgia
Physiotherapy is a treatment and profession which focuses on the Muscular, Joint, Skeletal and Neurological Systems.  All of the units are the basis of all our body movements. Sometimes these units are affected by trauma, infection, disease, and/or surgery.  Physiotherapy treatment can be significant in helping fibromyalgia patients move towards recovery. Therapists utilize many different forms of treatment including various types of exercise and modalities including heat, cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, etc.

Physical Therapists are trained professionals, finding the right one is essential. Just as one would not go to a Dermatologist for a broken leg, or a surgeon for a skin rash, being treated by the right type of Physiotherapist is important.  Also, if a certain medication is not working or causing problems, it makes no sense to continue it.  Likewise, if therapy treatments are causing problems or not helping, something needs to be changed.  The Fibromyalgia sufferer has the right and responsibility to have their condition diagnosed and treated properly and it is also important for the therapist to be specialized in Musculoskeletal and Neurological Systems to render the best treatment.

Who Benefits From PT?
Physiotherapists are trained professionals who treat patients suffering from a disabling injury or disease.  PT is a prevalent form of treatment in the USA.  Some other areas of treatment include: multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, accident or stroke victims, heart disease, amputation, fractures, arthritis, and other diseases. Physiotherapists work closely with the physician to outline a rehabilitation plan for each individual situation. The treatment program will help restore functional mobility, relieve pain, as well as limit and prevent any further debilitating injury.  A variety of different therapeutic equipment and procedures may be used during treatment. Other specialists may also be consulted. The ultimate goal of all involved is to administer the proper treatment to a patient so they may progress.

What Types Of Treatment May Be Prescribed?
Many different types of treatment are used in Physiotherapy for Fibromyalgia. Generally, physiotherapists employ exercise to achieve the results they have set.  Patients are taught specific exercises which they can do by themselves. However, some exercises require the assistance of the therapist.  Some exercises will use equipment such as stationary bicycles, treadmills, light weights, and parallel bars. This equipment is generally used when the patient must re-learn a specific movement, function or build up muscle weakness commonly seen in Fibromyalgia patients.

Massages, whirlpool baths, heat treatments, and ice packs are often supplemented during exercise to decrease pain from muscle spasm and swelling.  Low electrical currents are used to help stimulate a paralyzed or weakened muscle. The Physiotherapist can determine the best treatment for the fibromyalgia patient.