Fibromyalgia is a condition characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain, with an increased sensitivity as a result of a lowered pain threshold. Other musculoskeletal symptoms of Fibromyalgia include numbness, pins and needles and increased responsiveness to sensory stimuli such as light touch, heat or cold. You may also have common points of tenderness including around the neck, Temporomandibular joint (TMJ), hip, knee, shoulder, chest and elbow.
Other related symptoms of fibromyalgia include cognitive problems e.g. reduced memory or concentration, irritable bowel syndrome, tension headaches, extreme fatigue as well as difficulty sleeping.
How can Physiotherapy assist in the treatment of Fibromyalgia?
Our Physiotherapists at Health Space specialise in improving muscle function, posture, muscle flexibility and reducing pain. Physiotherapy treatments including soft tissue release, joint mobilisations, heat/cold therapy in combination with the prescription of a specific home exercise program including stretches and range of motion exercises can assist you in managing the various symptoms associated with this condition.
Written by Eleni Tsagaris
Physiotherapist – Potts Point, Mona Vale and Brookvale.