Three fibromyalgia natural treatment methods in physical therapy

Fibromyalgia Natural Treatment

Chronic and persistent pain all over your body. Stiff and aching joints. Extreme fatigue. These are all symptoms you’ll likely have if you’re living with fibromyalgia. 

Unfortunately, there are far too many Americans living with this chronic pain condition; research shows that between 6 and 12 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. Many physicians are quick to turn to medication to decrease fibromyalgia symptoms. However, there are many natural treatment options for fibromyalgia, and these options include many of the techniques used in physical therapy clinics. 

Natural fibromyalgia treatment options physical therapists use include these three techniques

Your physical therapist won’t just start treating your fibromyalgia. Instead, they will ask you questions about how it affects your daily life and also evaluate your body to determine how it’s being affected. This evaluation can also reveal which areas are most affected by your symptoms. 

With this information in mind, your physical therapist will then create a personalized therapy plan for you. Such a plan may include natural fibromyalgia physical therapy treatments like: 

  1. Therapeutic exercises — Strengthening exercises can be very effective for treating fibromyalgia symptoms. One study found that only 41.4% of patients who did 28 weeks of strength training were still taking pain medication. Your physical therapist can show you how to do many therapeutic exercises. In turn, these exercises can decrease your pain and improve support for aching joints. 
  1. Aquatic therapy — Water is a natural element that makes up 60% of the human body. Aquatic therapy takes advantage of several natural characteristics of water. One is the buoyancy that reduces the strain that gravity places on the body. Others include the hydrostatic pressure that supports the body and provides natural resistance for therapy exercises. A fibromyalgia study shows that aquatic therapy helped reduce stiffness by 27%. 
  1. Functional dry needlingMyofascial trigger points (MTPs) are areas of tension that build up in soft tissue. One study estimated that 18% of fibromyalgia patients have active MTPs. Functional dry needling involves your physical  therapist using monofilament needles to create a local twitch response. The result of this is a release in the tension stored in MTPs. In turn, the decreased soft tissue tension can lead to less fibromyalgia pain. 

Border Therapy Services offers natural fibromyalgia treatment options

At Border Therapy Services, our team offers all the natural fibromyalgia treatment options mentioned above. We also offer other natural techniques that can help the symptoms of this condition. 

We’ll start your care by performing a free screening on you. Then, our experts will build you a personalized therapy plan designed to use the above methods to reduce your symptoms. Your plan may also include other therapy methods like: 

Contact us today for more information about how we can help treat your fibromyalgia or to schedule your initial appointment.