Fibromyalgia can be an overwhelming, discouraging illness. Patients with this diagnosis often bounce from doctor to doctor without seeing much improvement in their chronic condition, which typically involves widespread pain and stiffness in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Most patients with fibromyalgia also complain of constant tiredness. This overwhelming combination of pain and chronic fatigue often prevents patients from working, socializing, and engaging in physical activities.
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How do we treat fibromyalgia?
At New Body — New Mind we have extensive experience working with patients suffering from chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and we understand that fibromyalgia treatment requires a slow and careful approach. Due to extreme tissue sensitivity we use gentle manual therapy techniques (e.g., craniosacral therapy, myofascial release) when treating fibromyalgia patients.
Since traditional stretching and strengthening exercises are too aggressive for most fibromyalgia patients, we initially use gentle myofascial stretching through slow, continuous movement in pain-free range, synchronized with breathing.
Once your fibromyalgia symptoms start improving, we slowly and gradually start increasing the level of difficulty of your exercises, until we develop a customized home exercise program which you can safely perform at home after your active treatment with us is completed. Many of our fibromyalgia patients benefit from short-term hypnotherapy to learn how to manage stress and fatigue and to lower perception of pain.
Read more about causes of fibromyalgia, or about our fibromyalgia treatment protocol