Physical Therapy for Fibromyalgia at Monmouth County Rehabilitation

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.

Phsyical Therapy for Fibromyalgia

Physical therapists are concerned with movement (otherwise known as kinesiology). A licensed physical therapists will create a personalized program intended to help fibromyalgia patients improve mobility and functioning, relieve pain, and prevent further damage.

It’s important for fibromyalgia patients to understand the importance of exercise in the quest to return to normal physical functioning. For such patients, exercise programs should always be supervised by a licensed physical therapist in order to avoid exacerbating symptoms.

Therapeutic exercise is a natural, drug free method of easing the pain and inflammation that plague fibromyalgia patients. It can also help patients to sleep better; together, exercise and proper sleep can reduce the symptoms of depression (a problem for many fibromyalgia sufferers).

Other physical therapy techniques and technologies can include:

• Ice and Heat Therapies;
• Deep Tissue massage;
• Ultrasound;
• Electrotherapy; and
• Low Level Laser Therapy

Treatment for Monmouth County Fibromyalgia Patients

At our Red Bank, NJ office, we offer all of the above modalities in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Please contact our Red Bank rehabilitation facility to learn more about how we can help with your fibromyalgia in a healthy, holistic, and cutting-edge environment.