To determine what types of treatment options are most effective for fibromyalgia, we must first define what it is. According to WebMD, fibromyalgia is, a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. With this condition the muscles located at various points in the body may get stiff and cause pain resulting in inflammation.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia:
- Prolong muscle stiffness
- Immobility of muscles of lower and upper limb
- Nausea and vomiting
- Anxiety attacks
- Lack of sleep
- Cannot perform any strenuous physical task
There are many ways that this condition or the symptoms related to it can be suppressed. Here are three of the most popular treatment options:
- Physical Therapy
Although people of all ages can fall prey to this rheumatic condition, it is more common in older adults and seniors. Over the years researchers have determined that physical therapy, in combination with other treatment options such as medications, can often be a source of releief. From 2008 to 2011, a study took place in which indivduals with fibromyalgia were subjected to physical therapy treatment. The duration of the treatment varied by group, however the results suggested that those who had underwent physical therapy the longest (several months), and who were “well-adapted” to the treatment experienced the best results and were ultimately able to manage their fibromyalgia symptoms.
Fibromyalgia can often times affect your everyday routine. This condition is similar to arthritis, however it can be cured with proper treatment and/or therapy. No doubt that exercise can play a vital role in alleviating pain associated with fibromyalgia. In most cases, physical therapy patients suffering from this condition will begin by working on improving their stamina. After this they are taught to maintain a routine of performing aerobic activities for at least once or twice a week, without performing any vigorous activities. Trained physical therapists will be able to assign and demonstate activities they they believe to be the most beneficial for each specific case. More over the therapist will set reasonable goals and help track the progress of the symptom management.
Ultimately, physical therapy is one of the best ways to manage and minimize the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. However it is important to keep in mind that like anything else, results vary from person to person and should not be expected overnight. To learn more about physical therapy and the role is can play in alleviating painful fibromyalgia symptoms, call us today at 314-252-0924.