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How does physical therapy help fibromyalgia?

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Physical therapy can help relieve fibromyalgia pain and stiffness. Regular visits to a licensed physical therapist can increase confidence with exercise, help relax tense muscles, and teach you more about your body and movement. In addition, physical therapy helps with new’muscle memory and neuroendocrine changes in a positive way to help your muscles recover.

Your physical therapist will show you the proper way to stretch painful muscles to get optimal relief. In addition, using hydrotherapy (moist heat or ice packs) along with physical therapy may ease pain even more.

From: Fibromyalgia Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts about Fibromyalgia." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 16, 2017

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts about Fibromyalgia." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 16, 2017

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