FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia 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
- Dry mouth
- Sensitivity to medications
Intolerance to heat, cold, noise, and light
DiagnosisThe 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.
Patient EducationOur 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
- Pacing strategies
- Proper posture and body mechanics training
- Proper stretching technique and individualized stretching program
- Relaxation techniques and abdominal breathing
- Sleep strategies
- Stress management considerations
- Trigger point release
- Use of home modalities (heat/cold) and other symptom-reducing techniques