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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Scheck, M.P.T.

Can Physical Therapy Help with Fibromyalgia?

The right kind can!

Nearly 5 million people in the United States have fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is defined as a chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain and other symptoms such as fatigue, muscle stiffness, and insomnia. It can be difficult to manage and can severely impact quality of life. What a lot of people don’t know about fibromyalgia is people with fibromyalgia are often hyper mobile which largely contributes to the joint and muscle pain. This is often overlooked in many physical therapy clinics. The best treatment plans combine exercise and extensive education done in the right positions for the joints. CGPT's physical therapists are experts in both, so they're the perfect practitioners to help!


Currently, recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia include patient education and non-pharmacological interventions. The right exercise routine can help with pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, and more. Strengthening, if performed in good positions for the joints and at the right intensity, is the most effective and doesn’t cause more pain. You and your PT will work together to find the right type and intensity of exercise to best manage your symptoms so you can exercise without feeling worse. At CGPT you always work with a staff member while exercising and are not left on your own.


Education is another important component in treating fibromyalgia. A physical therapist spends more time with their patients than most other practitioners. They have the time to help you understand what's going on, and what you can do about it. Learning what positions will irritate the joints and muscles is key to managing this condition. Research shows that people with more knowledge about their condition have better outcomes, more confidence, and cope better. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, CGPT can help with pain management, strength, mobility, fatigue, and function to help patients find relief from their symptoms. Call today to schedule your appointment.

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