If You’re Living with Fibromyalgia, We Can Help!
Are You Ready to Find Relief for Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms?
Do you know if you have been living with fibromyalgia? It can sometimes be difficult to tell, as the symptoms can vary.
It is normal to experience a little bit of pain from time to time. You may feel sore from exercising too much, or you may stub your toe on a piece of furniture. Most of the time, you’re able to shake it off or take over- the- counter pain relief and go about your day.
However, sometimes you can experience pain that’s widespread and chronic, failing to diminish despite your best efforts. This can cause a large impact on your life that anti-inflammatory drugs simply will not fix.
If you are suffering from chronic pain that is accompanied by fatigue, changes in mood, or irregular sleep patterns, you may be dealing with a more serious physiological condition, known as fibromyalgia. If you have hypermobile joints, this can be also associated with fibromyalgia. Speak to your physician about these symptoms to make sure your diagnosis is fibromyalgia.
If you can identify, contact Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy today to request an appointment with one of our Huntington Beach, CA physical therapists. We can help provide relief for your fibromyalgia.
Physical therapy and fibromyalgia relief
At Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy, we can provide effective treatments for both managing symptoms in the long-term and regaining optimum function to your body.
Since fibromyalgia is not a disease, but rather a range of symptoms, there is no single, surefire treatment for the condition.
Our Huntington Beach, CA physical therapists are experienced in the treatment of fibromyalgia. They will examine your physical abilities, analyze your medical history, and discuss your current symptoms, in order to design a treatment plan that will fit your unique needs.
Primary physicians will typically prescribe some sort of pain medication or an anti-depressant to manage symptoms; however, those medications do not address the chronic nature of the condition or the loss of function that chronic pain and distress typically bring.
Physical therapy treatments are focused mainly on getting your activity and movement back more comfortably. We focus on educating you, pacing your treatment and focusing on strengthening and cardiovascular conditioning which has been proven to help with fibromyalgia pain. Your treatment will typically begin in our therapeutic pool to allow you to move with less pain. You can even try running in our deep end.
So, what exactly is fibromyalgia?
The exact causes of fibromyalgia are still unclear, although some medical experts believe it may be caused by an overactive sympathetic nervous system – the part of your body that elicits “fight or flight” responses.
This theory makes sense, as people tend to develop their first symptoms of fibromyalgia after experiencing a physically or emotionally traumatic event, though it has never been scientifically proven.
Fibromyalgia is somewhat of an umbrella term used to describe someone who is experiencing a certain combination of symptoms.
Some people who develop fibromyalgia begin with chronic bouts of stress or depression, while other symptoms build over time.
Fibromyalgia also tends to affect more women than men, and your likelihood of developing it increases if you have a family member with the same condition.
The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Fluctuations in mood
- Forgetfulness or disorientation
- Disrupted sleep cycles/irregular sleep schedules
- Sensitivity to touch/numbness
- Chronic and/or sharp muscle pains
- Tender areas of the body
- Hypermobility, this has been found to correlate to fibromyalgia symptoms
Ready to find relief?
Studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise paired with postural strengthening activities not only relieves widespread pain, but also increases energy levels, improves sleep, and elevates mood.
Regardless of where you are on your journey, it is possible to find relief from even your worst fibromyalgia symptoms, through our Huntington Beach, CA physical therapy services.