Fibromyalgia is a common condition seen more in women aged 30-50 years old. It is normally characterised by the feeling of being tired, similar to a flu-like illness, muscle stiffness, problems with concentration and memory, headaches and pain in many parts of the body. It is unknown why people develop Fibromyalgia, however for most cases it comes after an emotionally stressful event such an injury or infection, giving birth, having an operation or loss of a loved one. Some research indicates that people may be more at risk of developing the syndrome through a genetic link.
Whilst there is no cure for this syndrome, there are a combination of treatment techniques/interventions that can help control symptoms and maximise functionality.
What you can do:
Medical management of Fibromyalgia may consist of using painkillers and anti-depressive medication. Seek counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy as this is also recognised as being a helpful intervention with this syndrome.
How we can help:
Physiotherapy in the form of graded exercise and functional modified techniques such as pacing can assist in the management of the symptoms that are associated with fibromyalgia. Some people find acupuncture can be helpful for pain management.
Benefits of physiotherapy treatment include:
- Less pain
- Less fatigue
- Better function
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