Fibromyalgia pain (or Fibromyalgia syndrome) is a disorder that causes widespread pain all over the body or at certain points in particular, known as “trigger points”.
There is no single test that can uniquely diagnose the condition ; and no known cure for Fibromyalgia, although the symptoms can be reduced by certain clinical procedures.
What are the symptoms of Fibromyalgia pain?
While pain is the primary symptom, the patient may experience symptoms a heightened response to pressure, chronic back pain, neck pain, headaches etc.
How can physiotherapy help?
Research indicates that physiotherapy can provide immediate relief from Fibromyalgia pain. A study conducted in Norway found that Fibromyalgia patients who were treated with physiotherapy reported a marked decrease in pain and muscle stiffness.
Since the co-morbidities and symptoms Fibromyalgia pain might be different for different people, it is important that treatments are tailor-made and are adaptive to the patient, rather than being generic in nature. A skilled therapist (a physiotherapist in Vancouver is not exactly hard to find, given the abundance of such practitioners in the city) should be able to able to pinpoint a patient's needs and capabilities and identify his/her specific treatment requirements. Your physiotherapist will identify your reflexes, muscle strength, motion range etc. during a physical exam and then determine your treatment needs accordingly.
Based on these parameters and measurements, your physiotherapist might recommend treatments that generally fall into the following categories:
Manual Treatments which include different types of massages with a combination of appropriate exercises.
Physical Treatments such as water therapy or paraffin waxing which help increase flexibility of muscles and healing of wounds.
A typical physiotherapy session lasts between 45 minutes to an hour. You might feel a bit sore after the session, which is normal. The pain generally subsides completely within a day or two, after which you should be able to experience heightened muscle strength and motion range. You may need to undergo a long term physiotherapy program for up to six months, consisting of regular therapy sessions, to achieve permanent results.
How do I find a skilled physiotherapist?
Speak to your family doctor to find out if he/she can give you a referral. You can also try asking friends or people you know. While finding a skilled physiotherapist in Vancouver is no difficult task, it would be better to ensure that your physiotherapist has experience in treating Fibromyalgia pain in particular.