Fibromyalgia


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How our therapies and services can support you


A variety of different therapies can help reduce the effect that Fibromyalgia has on your body and your life. Self-care strategies emphasis is on minimizing symptoms and improving general health. No one treatment works for all symptoms but trying a variety of treatment strategies can have a cumulative effect

Physiotherapy


Physiotherapists provide a unique contribution to the management of people living with Fibromyalgia. They can teach you exercises that will improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina. Gentle low-impact exercise, such as yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi can help maintain bone mass, improve balance, reduce stress, and increase strength. Getting regular exercise can also help in reducing the pain of fibromyalgia.

Our physical activity programmes begin by establishing your physical activity capability level, then developing a programme with you that does not worsen your symptoms.

Moving your body may be the last thing you feel like doing, but you have to believe that it really does help. It’s hard at first, but it does get easier.


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Oxygen Therapy


This is an effective, and safe means of treating and managing the various symptoms of Fibromyalgia, particularly fatigue, pain and ‘brain fog’. Oxygen Therapy is based on a dramatic increase in the amount of dissolved oxygen carried by the blood which enables oxygenation of ischemic areas with compromised circulation.

It also activates oxidant-antioxidant system, stimulates angio- and neurogenesis, modulates inflammatory response, induces brain neuroplasticity. and possesses analgesic effect. Oxygen therapy involves a 20-session initial protocol, consecutive sessions, then weekly sessions to help you manage your symptoms.


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Complementary Therapies


Complementary approaches used together with conventional medicine are generally accepted as improving overall physical and mental wellbeing.


Acupuncture


Acupuncture can help reduce many types of chronic pain, so it's not surprising that many people with fibromyalgia are interested in trying it. Acupuncture works with the nervous system in the body to regenerate cells and promote healing.

The use of specific acupuncture points can create a closed circuit between the point and the neurologic control centre in the brain. By giving the body and brain the necessary tools, the two can work in conjunction to heal the body.

From a scientific perspective, acupuncture shifts and moves energy, while stimulating blood flow and increasing cellular level oxygen.


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Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR)


This is a hands-on treatment performed on the skin with no oils or creams. By following the unique lines of tension in each patient’s body, the MFR therapist can reach deeply into the tissues and uncover significant restrictions.

MFR involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into these connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. By going slowly and waiting for the body’s natural rhythm, the fascia responds by elongating, rehydrating, and reorganizing. 

If you're having trouble finding relief for your Fibromyalgia pain, it may be worth trying MFR.


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Aromatherapy Massage


Massage can be used for the relief of pain and musculoskeletal symptoms of ME/CFS.

It can be relaxing and may help general well-being. Massage is often used in combination with aromatherapy, and has been shown to significantly lower anxiety and depressed mood, and also improve self-esteem.


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More Information


Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat, and a combination of treatments may be necessary to control your symptoms. If you're having trouble finding relief for your symptoms, it may be worth trying complementary therapies. But if your symptoms don't begin to improve within a few weeks, it may not be the right treatment for you

 

Further support and information:

https://www.fibromyalgiaforums.org/

https://www.fmauk.org/

Fibromyalgia Information Booklet: https://www.versusarthritis.org/media/1251/fibromyalgia-information-booklet.pdf

Food and Nutrition for Fibromyalgia: https://www.arthritis-health.com/types/fibromyalgia/foods-avoid-fibromyalgia

Pacing Booklet: https://www.actionforme.org.uk/uploads/pdfs/Pacing-for-people-with-me-booklet-Feb-2020.pdf

 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.