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 ibuprofen and go about your day. However, sometimes people can experience pain that’s widespread and chronic, failing to diminish despite their best efforts. This can cause a large impact on one’s 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, such as fibromyalgia. If you identify with these symptoms, contact Optimal Motion Physical Therapy today to set up an appointment with one of our Herndon physical therapists.
What exactly is fibromyalgia?
According to the National Fibromyalgia Partnership, Inc., fibromyalgia is a common, chronic condition which causes widespread pain and fatigue as well as other symptoms. It occurs worldwide and in all age groups. Although often confused with arthritis, it is not an inflammatory condition, and it does not directly affect the joints. Patients with fibromyalgia feel tenderness throughout the body along with pain and stiffness in muscles and soft tissue. For some, the pain can be so intense that it interferes with the performance of even simple tasks, while other times it may cause only moderate discomfort. The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Chronic muscle pains
- Body stiffness
- Sensitivity to touch/numbness
- Sleep disturbances
- Cognitive difficulties
- Postural problems
- Depression and anxiety
How do we treat fibromyalgia?
Since fibromyalgia is not a disease, but rather a range of symptoms, there is no single, surefire treatment for the condition. 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.
At Optimal Motion Physical Therapy, we can provide effective treatments for both managing symptoms in the long-term and regaining optimum function to your body. Our Herndon physical therapists 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.
Treatments will typically begin with pain-relieving modalities to provide relief and promote healing. This may include the use of ice and heat therapies, trigger point therapy, massage, stretching, electrical stimulation, or other therapeutic tools that our physical therapist believes could be beneficial to your recovery. After this, your treatments will shift toward active therapies, such as muscle strengthening, range-of-motion activities, and cardiovascular exercises.
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 Herndon physical therapy services. Contact Optimal Motion Physical Therapy today for more information, or to schedule your evaluation and find out how we can get you started on the road to recovery.