syndrome is a disorder that causes pain, tenderness and stiffness in the muscles.
- Sleep disorders with non-restorative sleep
- Tingling and burning sensations
- Memory problems
- Irritable bowel and bladder syndromes
Sensitivity to medications
Intolerance to heat, cold, noise, and light
The current diagnostic criteria presented by the American College of Rheumatology
(1990) states that the following indicators must be present for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia:
- Wide-spread pain involving muscles of four quadrants, including the trunk, which has been present for at least three months.
- Excessive tenderness of 11 out of 18 tender points.
Our program provides comprehensive patient education over the course of eight visits, usually within six weeks.
Topics covered, include:
- Conditioning program via walking or aquatic exercises
Gentle strengthening exercises
- Proper posture and body mechanics training
Proper stretching technique and individualized stretching program
Relaxation techniques and abdominal breathing
Stress management considerations
Trigger point release
- Use of home modalities (heat/cold) and other symptom-reducing techniques
Participants of our program report improved symptom management, improved sleep, decreased use of medication, improved tolerance to daily activities and increased sense of self-efficacy or belief in one’s own ability to cope.