Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia
When You Just Hurt All Over, You Have A Choice!

ARTICLE SELECTIONS

  •     INTRODUCTION
  •     WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA
  •     CAUSES/ SYMPTOMS
  •     WHO IS AT RISK
  •     TRADITIONAL TREATMENTS
  •     WHY TRY PHYSICAL THERAPY FIRST
  •     PATIENT COMMENTS
  •     DOCTOR’S COMMENTS

INTRODUCTION

Originally referred as muscular rheumatism or fibrositis. Fibromyalgia was first recognized by the American Medical Association as a true illness and the cause of disability in 1987. In an article the same year, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a physician named Dr. Don Goldenberg called the syndrome Fibromyalgia.

WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points — places on your body where slight pressure causes pain. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men.

CAUSES/SYMPTOMS

Fibromyalgia can, but does not always, start as a result of some trauma (such as an auto accident), major surgery, or disease. Some evidence shows that Lyme Disease is a common trigger of fibromyalgia symptoms. Research is unclear as to why and what exactly triggers fibromyalgia, however the following factors may contribute to the onset of fibromyalgia. Sleep disturbances, Injury or trauma, particularly in the upper spinal region.  Infections, Abnormalities of the autonomic (sympathetic) nervous system. Changes in muscle metabolism; reconditioning and decreased blood flow to muscles may contribute to decreased strength and fatigue.  And psychological stress and hormonal changes also may be possible causes of fibromyalgia.

WHO IS AT RISK

Women are more at risk then men. People in their early to middle adulthood are more prone to develop fibromyalgia. Those who have sleep disorders have an increased risk to develop fibromyalgia. Family history of a relative with the condition. And rheumatic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or ankylosing spondylitis, may put you at higher risk.

TRADTIONAL TREATMENTS

As with many other disorders, there is no universal cure for fibromyalgia. Traditionally, low doses of sedating antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline and trazodone) have been used to reduce the sleep disturbances that are associated with fibromyalgia, which are believed by some practitioners to exacerbate the symptoms of the disorder, The newest drug for treating the extreme pain of Fibromyalgia is Lyrica, pregabalin, originally used for the nerve pain suffered by diabetics.

A holistic approach — {including managing diet, sleep, stress, pain as well as including physical activity}— is used by many patients. Physical therapy, massage, healthy diet, managing blood sugar levels, and avoiding known triggers when possible are things that you can do to calm and control the symptoms of Fibromyalgis.

WHY TRY PHYSICAL THERAPY FIRST

OUR THERAPIST COMMENTS

We treat fibromyalgia with Craniosacral Therapy.This is a form of body work that uses gentle touch to palpate the rhythmic movement of the craniosacral system throughout the body to locate restrictions in mobility and determine the origin of symptoms and release restrictions that facilitate and increase mobility, function and health. Treatments include using gentle massage, relaxation techniques, therapeutic exercises to increase flexibility and muscle strength, endurance, posture, modalities for pain control; moist heat, ultra sound and electric stimulation.
Clara Rodriguez PT

PATIENT COMMENTS

The staff at Physiocare treats you very courteous, respectful and with compassion. My pain is gone and my body is healed anew!! Thank God for you all!!!                                                                                                                John N.

Physiocare and everyone who works there are incredible, delightful, caring and warm!  I have never experienced any medical office as exceptional as this one. Thank you all!                                                                                      Helen B.

I received the best massaging and therapy!
Conrad M.

DOCTOR’S COMMENTS

“Physiocare does excellent hands on physical therapy and I recommend them without reservation.”                 Irvine Mason, M.D., Diplomat – American Foard of Psychiatry & neurology

“Physiocare rehabilitation has made a big difference in the lives of my patients. Their staff is professional, warm and always helpful in caring for their patients. I have never had a patient who was not completely satisfied with the rehabilitation at Physiocare.”
Michael D. Milstein, D.O. F.A.A.F.P., Internist

“My patients find that Physiocare provides prompt and successful relief to their pains and stiffness. I send most of my patients to Physiocare. I have found Physiocare to be the vest physical therapy center in town.”
Daniel I. Nuchovich, M.D.

“Since referring my patients to Physiocare I have found that for the first time my patients actually want to return to their clinic for therapy treatment. Never before have I seen so many of my patients complementing a rehabilitation clinic. The Physiocare team truly performs the best therapy and they continually exceed my expectations.”
Irma V. Lopez, M.D., Internist

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