Fibromyalgia is also called Fibromyalgia Syndrome, FMS, and some of the symptoms include:
- Difficulties in sleeping
- Muscle stiffness
- Extreme tiredness
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Problems with concentration (known as “fibro-fog”)
- Localised points of tenderness known as trigger points
- Anxiety, depression and mood swings
FMS is a condition that can develop after physical or emotional trauma although some people have reported that their symptoms have appeared gradually. It is a central nervous system disorder and there are links to environmental, genetic and psychological factors. People with FMS can become hyper sensitive and aren’t able to normalise pain as they would normally do.
“I have FMS, how can Physiotherapy help me?”
Physiotherapists specialise in treating and enabling people to manage a variety of complaints ranging from neurological, respiratory and joint and muscle disorders. We work with all age ranges and abilities in a range of settings. Physiotherapy has been proven to work with people with FMS and physios at Physiocomestoyou visit patients at their own home or work place for comfort and convenience. Although there is no known cure for FMS, physiotherapy can help to reduce pain and provide you with tools to self-manage your condition through:
Patient Education and Awareness
Knowing as much information on FMS will allow you to manage your condition better and learn how to pace your daily activities.
Correct Postural Alignment and Working Postures
This ensures efficient muscle function so that further muscular pain is avoided.
Pain Management and Understanding Pain
Physios can instruct you in how to use a TENS machine to relieve pain and can also use acupuncture. Working with a physio will enable you to understand how pain affects our bodies; for instance, how and when to use cold and heat in pain management.
How to pace day-to-day activities and balance between activity and rest.
Massage, trigger point release, myofascial release and some mobilisation of stiff joints have been shown to increase range of movement and reduce pain.
Relaxation and breathing techniques are vital in managing your condition.
There is lots of research that supports the idea that aerobic activity and strengthening exercises are essential in in the management of FMS. Hydrotherapy and group activities are also very beneficial.
Cognitive Behavioural Management (CBT)
CBT can help you cope/manage with your diagnosis and the way you handle it.
We will provide information, and where possible, research on the above topics. However if you have a particular question that you would like to be answered, then please contact the magazine and we will be happy to help. Alternatively you can arrange to see one of our physiotherapists within your home or work place by calling us on 0207 884 0374 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.