Queen Street Physiotherapy
215 Queen Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
Tel: (07) 3012 7294
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that manifests itself among other things in widespread pain and tenderness, fatigue, weakness in the limbs, poor sleep and low grade fever. A person is believed to have fibromyalgia if he/she has tenderness at certain trigger point sites along with the above symptoms. Of unknown origin, it affects more women than men and has no known cure. Physiotherapists are trained to treat painful conditions, therefore physiotherapy is one of the main components of any fibromyalgia treatment program.
Because fibromyalgia encompasses such a broad spectrum of problems, physiotherapy treatment needs to be tailored to each individual need. For example, in addition to the symptoms listed above, a person may complain of headaches, memory loss, inability to focus and even temporomandibular disorder – TMJ (pain in the head, face and jaw). Depression and anxiety are also major symptoms.
As your physiotherapist in Brisbane, we make use of heat and cold applications to control pain, in the form of compresses, or water treatment in a pool or tub. Low-impact exercises are usually done in this environment to soothe muscle and joint pain. Following this, we may do a short massage to further relax the muscles, improve circulation and control pain.
Yoga stretches, as well as aerobic exercise, form part of the therapy program. The yoga stretches not only relieve stiffness (one cause of joint pain) but provide relaxation which helps relieve stress and promote better sleep. Aerobic activities that raise the heart rate help to improve circulation, reduce pain and increase energy – a key factor in eliminating fatigue. Biofeedback and guided imagery are techniques used during physiotherapy treatment for fibromyalgia to help patients monitor their pain and tune it out by focusing on pleasant things.
In the beginning of the program, you may have some discomfort as your joints try to adjust to the new regimen, but with continued treatment your pain levels will decrease. Stress, which has been associated with fibromyalgia, also lessens with exercise. You should come away from the program feeling like a new person. For effective treatment of fibromyalgia in Brisbane, call us at Queen Street Physiotherapy.
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