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What tools does a physical therapist use for fibromyalgia?

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The physical therapist may use different types of tools with fibromyalgia patients including:

  • hydrotherapy
  • deep tissue massage
  • low-impact aerobic conditioning (water aerobics)
  • pain relief exercise
  • stretching and strengthening exercises
  • TENS units (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • ultrasound

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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