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What is the focus of physical therapy for fibromyalgia?

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Regular physical therapy programs may help you regain control of your fibromyalgia as you focus on lifestyle changes rather than on the chronic problems of pain, stiffness, and fatigue.

Proper posture, which your physical therapist will help you with, lets you use your muscles efficiently. That helps you avoid undue fatigue and pain. The therapist may use slow stretching exercises to help you improve muscle flexibility. They may show you relaxation exercises to ease muscle tension.

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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