- by Dr Kriti Sachdeva
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- Apr 02 2018
Fibromyalgia and Physical Therapy
Physical therapy helps people with fibromyalgia to relieve symptoms of pain and stiffness, relief from deep muscle pain and helps to build strength and improve their range of motion.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia but physical therapy may help ease the symptoms of pain. It uses a wide range of resources from deep tissue massage to ice and heat packs of hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy: It is a practice of using water to relieve aching muscles. It works by stimulating body’s own healing force. Cold compresses reduce swelling by constricting blood vessels and warm compresses on painful areas dilate blood vessels. It increases the flow of blood, oxygen, and other nutrients and speeds the elimination of toxins.
Cold compresses reduce pain of sprain or strain and moist heat compresses give relief from chronic muscle pain or trigger point pain. Try it twice daily for 15 minutes.
TENS: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation helps in relieving muscle pain and spasms. It stops the pain signals from reaching the spinal cord and also triggers the release of endorphins which naturally relieve pain.
Deep Tissue Massage: In this intense pressure is applied when massaging to ensure they are reaching the deep tissue and connecting tissue.
Low-Impact Aerobic Exercise: These exercises don’t put additional pressure on the joints and help with pain relief.
Heat Therapy: It reduces chronic aches and pains associated with fibromyalgia. Heat triggers the body’s natural healing process and helps in muscle relaxation and speed up blood flow to the affected area.
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