Physical therapy focuses on returning the body to its natural state of movement and functioning. It is also a useful tool in relieving pain. For these two reasons, it is particularly suited for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by an increased sensitivity to pain; fatigue and insomnia; headaches; and depression (among other symptoms). As of today, there is no medically known cause of fibromyalgia, making this disorder frustrating to live with and treat. While at least one medication has been approved for use with fibromyalgia patients, no drugs have been developed specifically to treat the condition.
Fibromyalgia patients are usually given a number of medications meant to help with the symptoms—but never the cause—of fibromyalgia. Not only is the process of finding drugs that work lengthy and arduous, it is one that subjects patients to a variety of unnecessary side effects.