Fibromyalgia relief from surprising sources: Using physical therapy

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Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic pain that is difficult to treat and manage. Exercise and any type of movement can be painful and difficult with this medical condition. However, physical therapy can provide relief and help manage fibromyalgia. Dr. Daniel Skulavik, who is a physical therapist, recently shared how patients can benefit from trying a different type of treatment.

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For many fibromyalgia patients, exercise is difficult because of a combination of pain and fatigue. Some of the common symptoms of this condition include muscle pain, insomnia, brain fog, anxiety, headaches, chronic pain and other problems. However, physical therapy can help provide relief from some of these symptoms and help you manage your health.

“Expect the physical therapist to evaluate current functional limitations and establish personalized goals. The physical therapist will also evaluate the ‘body mass index’ of the client and determine if weight loss can help reduce symptoms. In addition, the therapist will design a comprehensive lifestyle improvement program consisting of exercise and manual therapy techniques to help relieve pain and restore function. There are several added benefits with the pain relief associated with a physical therapy program. Clients find that they can sleep better, focus more effectively and experience a greater sense of well-being as compared to individuals who do not exercise,” Skulavik said.

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Dr. Daniel Skulavik points out that physical therapy allows patients to receive individual care and a personalized exercise plan that works for them. From stretching exercises to posture advice, a physical therapist can help you regain strength and flexibility. You may try a variety of treatments such as massage or hydrotherapy to find relief.

If you are considering physical therapy as a possible treatment option for your fibromyalgia, then you may want to ask your primary doctor for recommendations. You want to find a professional physical therapist who is licensed and part of your health insurance network. It is also important to find a professional who has experience with fibromyalgia patients.

Read more about fibromyalgia:
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Fibromyalgia study focuses on brain stimulation to fight pain

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