Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness. It involves a group of non-articular disorders, which includes: Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Fibrositis, and Fibromyositis. Patients complain of heightened sensitivity to pain and tenderness that is difficult to localize.
Fibromyalgia pain involves muscles, fibrous tissues and associated structures. It comprises a wide range and can cause moderate to severe pain all over the body, reducing a patient’s functional capacity.
Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia has to come from a specialist such as a Rheumatologist, and a diagnosis is based on the presence of specific physical and neuropsychological symptoms. The disease is classified as a neuropathy or nerve dysfunction.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia can present as a wide variety of symptoms. Each symptom can also vary depending on an individual’s stress levels, physical activity levels, and the weather. The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are:
- Widespread pain; aching, burning, sharp, stabbing
- Hyperalgesia; increased pain sensitivity
- Allodynia: when you feel pain from something that normally doesn’t cause pain (ex; lightly touching your skin)
- Muscle spasms
- Poor sleep quality
- Cognitive issues
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Difficulty regulating your body temperature
- Numbness, and tingling
- Anxiety and/or depression
What causes Fibromyalgia?
The causes of fibromyalgia are not well understood. However; it is believed that the following factors can increase the likelihood of developing Fibromyalgia:
- The condition is more common in women than in men
- Abnormal afferent pain processing mechanisms
- Chemical imbalances
- Poor sleep quality
- Presence of other conditions: osteoarthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
- Various triggers; giving birth, a viral infection, social and emotional traumas, and grief
There is currently no research to suggest a reliable means of preventing Fibromyalgia.
How can Physiotherapy Help?
Physiotherapy treatment can help manage the pain associated with Fibromyalgia and can improve your ability to perform functional movements that are essential to your activities of daily life. Counselling or psychotherapy services, acupuncture, yoga therapy, and mindfulness training are often used in the treatment of fibromyalgia. All of these additional services are also offered at Pillars of Wellness!
Why Pillars of Wellness?
At Pillars of Wellness, in Burlington, Ontario, we are proud to provide a truly integrated care approach that employs a variety of treatments to achieve a faster recovery. Our clinic offers various services such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, naturopathy, counselling, occupational therapy, yoga therapy, acupuncture, and holistic nutrition.
With multiple services and specialties in one place, you’ll get the best care possible — without having to look elsewhere. Pillars of Wellness is your one-stop-health solution, located right here in Burlington.