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Can Physical Therapy Be an Effective Fibromyalgia Treatment?

Written By PTConcepts on November 19, 2018

If you’re looking for Fibromyalgia treatment in North Texas, physical therapy with PT Concepts & Wisehealth Systems is exactly what you need.

What Are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Although everybody is different, there are some common symptoms that most Fibromyalgia sufferers experience. These include:

  • Muscle pain, tightness, twitching or burning sensations
  • Severe and draining fatigue
  • A low pain threshold and tender areas in the body
  • Difficulty concentrating and memory problems
  • Insomnia, disturbed sleep
  • Feelings of depression, anxiety, and worry

The cause of Fibromyalgia is yet to be determined and there is no cure. Some of our patients in North Texas have reported that some of their symptoms can be exacerbated by our warm climate.

How Physical Therapy Works as a Fibromyalgia Treatment

Physical therapy can help fibromyalgia sufferers in a variety of ways. A good therapist can teach you strengthening and stretching exercises that can ease pain quickly. Studies have shown that reducing the pain felt by sufferers creates a marked improvement in other symptoms.

Deep-tissue and hydrotherapy are two other techniques your physical therapist uses to help you strengthen your muscles and joints.

Hydrotherapy that uses cold and hot compresses reduce swelling and increase blood and oxygen flow around the body. They also help to move much-needed nutrients around. 

Other Fibromyalgia Treatment Provided by Physical Therapists

Electric muscle stimulation may be offered by your physical therapist. This process is not painful and has the effect of reducing muscle spasms and is believed to nurture the release of endorphins in the body.

Endorphins are neurotransmitters or chemicals in the body that produce intense feelings of happiness and euphoria in the brain.

Core stability training is another technique that your physical therapist may use. Strengthening your core helps to make all the other areas of your body strong and healthy.

The Long-Term Benefits of Physical Therapy as Fibromyalgia Treatment

The benefits of receiving physical therapy for treatment of fibromyalgia continue long after your sessions may have stopped. The exercises you will be taught can be carried out at home and will help you lead a healthy life.

The benefits of reducing your physical symptoms of fibromyalgia will have a huge positive effect on your mental health. Many fibromyalgia sufferers report symptoms of depression and anxiety which are greatly reduced as the physical symptoms reduce. 

Contact us today to discuss the best way to manage your fibromyalgia treatment and symptoms.

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