While living with fibromyalgia can be a painful and frustrating disease, physical therapy can help ease many of its symptoms. Several of our member clinics specifically treat the condition and offered their advice on how to feel better, every day.
What is fibromyalgia? Can physical therapy help?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that, for many people, is associated with more questions than answers. However, physical therapists, as experts in musculoskeletal problems, are an important resource for people who have fibromyalgia.
Let’s start with what fibromyalgia is: Due to its varied symptoms, fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose. People with fibromyalgia usually have widespread pain throughout the body, often accompanied by tender points, muscles and joints that are particularly susceptible to pain and movement. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.”