Find Relief Through Physical Therapy
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition mainly characterized by musculoskeletal pain across much of the body. The condition is also normally accompanied by issues with mood, sleep, memory, fatigue, and more.
Fibromyalgia reportedly feels similar to conditions like osteoarthritis or tendinitis, but generally is spread across the whole body instead of one specific area. Other less common symptoms of fibromyalgia include the following:
- Increased sensitivity to temperature, light, or sound
- Digestive pain/issues
At P3 Physical Therapy, we work closely with people experiencing fibromyalgia and create individualized physical therapy solutions for them. We’ve worked with several patients in El Paso to reduce the pain and discomfort of fibromyalgia through education and proven physical therapy interventions.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not known, but experts believe that it may stem from an issue of pain signaling between the brain/spinal cord and nerves. There are many theories regarding the specific cause of fibromyalgia, but we do know of some key factors that make the condition more likely:
- Painful conditions/infections (e.g. arthritis)
- Mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.)
- Physical and/or emotional abuse
- Family history of fibromyalgia
- Little to no exercise
Unfortunately, there is no simple test to see if a person has fibromyalgia, unlike with other conditions. Instead, doctors have to rule out other possible reasons for a patient’s symptoms until fibromyalgia is deemed the most likely diagnosis.
While the exact cause of the condition is not yet known, there are proven ways to address the symptoms of fibromyalgia using physical therapy.
Physical Therapy & Fibromyalgia
Physical therapists address fibromyalgia through a mixture of different therapy methods, including exercise, deep tissue massage, heat/ice packs, and more. Certain exercises have been shown to be positively correlated to improvements in patient well-being, and we use these techniques to help alleviate pain.
Specifically, certain types of stretches and movement techniques can reduce the joint pain that people often report. Over time, many patients report an overall reduction in their symptoms. Once a patient with fibromyalgia comes in, we begin analyzing how the condition uniquely affects them before crafting an individualized plan of action.
Normally, after a few sessions, patients are able to take the techniques they’ve learned and apply them on their own. Often, these exercises are used in conjunction with other health interventions like medication and behavioral therapy.
Contact Us Today For Fibromyalgia Relief!
While the causes of fibromyalgia are still a mystery, our team is confident that we can help patients reduce their pain and discomfort from the condition through targeting therapy interventions. To learn more about how we treat the condition, feel free to get in touch with our team through phone, email, or by an in-person visit!