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How can a physical therapist help my fibromyalgia?

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A licensed physical therapist has a background in anatomy and kinesiology -- the study of movement. If you have fibromyalgia, this allows the therapist to develop specific stretching and strengthening programs to meet your individual needs.

From: Fibromyalgia and Physical Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." U.S. Department of Labor: "Physical Therapists." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.


The Fibromyalgia Handbook, 

Lanhorst, J et al. (Oxford), 2009.  Rheumatology

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." U.S. Department of Labor: "Physical Therapists." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.


The Fibromyalgia Handbook, 

Lanhorst, J et al. (Oxford), 2009.  Rheumatology

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

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