Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body. The pain manifests itself in certain areas of the body, particularly around the neck, elbows, hips, upper and lower back, knees, shoulders and chest. Not everybody who suffers with the condition will have pain in all of these areas, but most tend to experience pain in multiple areas at the same time. Some individuals find their symptoms flare-up and settle down, but others report the pain to be fairly consistent.
Fibromyalgia is a common condition and is thought to affect 1 in 25 people in the UK. The cause of the condition is unknown, but it has been linked to abnormal chemical levels in the brain and sensitisation of the nervous system. Stressful life events or major trauma/ infection can trigger onset of the condition and some scientific research has also made a link between inherited genes from parents. People with Fibromyalgia may also experience; fatigue, muscle stiffness, insomnia, reduced concentration, memory problems, headaches, IBS and a general increased sensitivity to pain. Women are 7 times more likely to suffer with Fibromyalgia than men and the average age of onset is between 30 and 50.
At Metro Physio we are aware of the impact that Fibromyalgia can have on your life and therefore treatment is aimed at improving quality of life and reducing pain levels. Our focus is on helping you to continue with or return to the activities you enjoy, as well as enabling you to better manage day-to-day activities. Manual treatment techniques include; deep tissue massage, fascial release, trigger point release, acupuncture, joint mobilisations and passive stretches. Alongside this your Physio will also prescribe appropriate stretching and strengthening exercise programmes tailored to you, and provide advice about how you can manage your symptoms at home with methods such as heat, ice, TENS, activity modification etc.
If you feel that treatment a Metro Physio would be of benefit to you, then please click on the link below for details of how to book an appointment.