Arthritis Australia defines Fibromyalgia as ‘’a name given to a group of symptoms marked by generalised muscle pain and stiffness’’ Generally these symptoms are felt throughout the body and people often feel very fatigued and tired.
In the past the management of Fibromyalgia has been poorly understood. In recent years however fibromyalgia has become better scientifically understood and a more specific diagnosis in its own right. As a result, we are now better equipped than ever in understanding fibro and the best ways to manage it.
The good news to start with is that fibromyalgia does not cause inflammation or damage to the tissue, muscles ,l joints or bones in the areas that are painful in a sufferer. Rather it is thought that an abundance of factors such as trauma, emotional stress diet and illness can contribute to a patient having an overactive pain system and having repeat episodes of pain when this system is flared up or elevated. Symptoms include; pain and aching in the muscles even with rest, extreme fatigue, Poor sleep patterns, problems with memory and concentration and irritable bowel issues.
As there are an abundance of factors that can contribute to worsening symptoms or flare ups of fibro it is important to not just address one area. Recently it has been found that an appropriate and effective fibromyalgia treatment plan encompasses all factors of a person’s life not only related to the physical pain. It is important that a therapist addresses the social, psychological, dietary and biological factors that can contribute to worsening fibromyalgia.
The most effective treatment for fibromyalgia is ensure a patient understands their symptoms and aggravating factors. This is best established and guided by a highly trained multidisciplinary team. Generally, this team consists of a GP and Physiotherapist, Psychologist and Dietitian, with treatment encompassing a variety of Soft tissue massage, Dietary management strategies, Psychological management and exercise therapies.
The aim of these therapies combining is to establish common and repeating patterns of aggravating factors, ensuring good strength in the sometimes-painful muscles and to educate patients on their condition to control flare ups when they do occur.
If you or someone you know is suffering from fibromyalgia our team of health professionals is highly equipped and trained to manage this condition. Strong communication between our team of dietitians, Psychologist and Physiotherapist will ensure you have the best management plan for your personal symptoms and condition.
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