Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain often accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbance, and cognitive dysfunction. Individuals experience palpable “tender points” and may also experience depression, headaches, and bowel/bladder issues. Researchers believe that patients with fibromyalgia experience a condition known as “central sensitization.” In this state, the nervous system processes body sensations differently, amplifying, and prolonging a heightened sense of pain. The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, however, symptoms can begin following physical trauma, surgery, infection, or significant stress. Women are more likely than men to develop fibromyalgia. Patients with fibromyalgia may concurrently also have a myofascial pain syndrome that will require direct manual care and comprehensive management of muscular trigger points. It is important to note that fibromyalgia is not an inflammatory disorder, however, there are other classes of medications that can be explored in conjunction with your physician. Although there is no known “cure” for the condition, it can be successfully managed to restore function and quality of life. Research has consistently shown that a carefully prescribed program of aerobic and gentle strengthening/stretching exercises lead to the greatest recovery.
Shore Points Physical Therapists are experienced and evaluate each patient individually to provide not only skilled manual care for fibromyalgia but also the pain science, education, and home exercise program needed to overcome the pain and enjoy life again.
Our facility is equipped with many pieces of equipment to address these deficits, including but not limited to upper and lower extremity weight machines, treadmill, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, upper extremity bicycle, parallel bars, stairs, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation.
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