Three “R”s of Managing the Pain of Fibromyalgia


Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, leaving those who suffer from it struggling with muscle, tendon, and ligament pain, as well as fatigue and tenderness throughout the body, where even gentle pressure triggers discomfort. Fortunately, physical therapy exercises can help manage the pain of this debilitating condition.

Part of the role of physical therapy is not only to help you cope with fibromyalgia but also to empower you to take an active part in your treatment. Even though you may take medication to alleviate pain, we focus on a whole-body solution by supporting you in the three Rs of pain management.

     • Reduce daily pain and stiffness

     • Relieve deep muscle pain

     • Restore range of motion, flexibility and strength

Another important benefit of physical therapy is access to a broad range of safe, effective resources. Your treatment may include deep tissue massage, low-impact aerobic conditioning, hydrotherapy, nerve stimulation, and exercises you can perform at home.

We can offer you a number of different approaches through a custom fibromyalgia-specific treatment program that suits your unique lifestyle and needs. We will also monitor your progress and provide practical advice as needed to keep you on track with your fibromyalgia management. If any changes to your condition occur, we can fine-tune your program to ensure that it complements any medications you may be taking. A successful program will equip you with the tools to experience an independent and healthy life as free of pain as possible.

kim gladfelter physiofit 1ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kim Gladfelter, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Women's Health Physical Therapy Specialist at PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness

Kim Gladfelter is a physical therapist, Pilates instructor, educator, author, and co-founder of PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness. She is known as a keen, well-rounded expert of healing through movement and women’s health specialist in the Silicon Valley area.

Kim has helped men and women of all ages to stay active and feel their best. She also writes about managing pain in her health columns, blogs and the local Los Altos Town Crier newspaper as well as reaches out to the local community, support groups, schools, libraries, and sports centers to advise and educate on body awareness and therapeutic exercise.

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