Fibromyalgia is a term used to describe a group of symptoms. Typically, a person who is experiencing debilitating fatigue, tender areas of the body, changes in mood or muscle pain can be diagnosed with this condition. While it is unclear what causes fibromyalgia, some believe the pain is due to an overactive sympathetic nervous system, the part of the body that activates the fight or flight response.
Many people first experience symptoms after a physically or emotionally traumatic event. Others begin having pain after bouts of chronic stress or depression while some have symptoms that build over time.
Fibromyalgia tends to affect women more than men and if you have a family member with the condition, you are more likely to experience it as well.
How Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa Can Help You:
Even though fibromyalgia cannot be cured, one of the most effective ways of managing your symptoms can be found at Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa. Studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise together with postural strengthening activities not only relieve widespread pain but also increase energy levels, improve sleep and elevate mood. Through the course of treatment, it is possible to balance the body’s ability to regulate nerve impulses, in turn alleviating your symptoms. Typically, Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa services will include four parts.
One of the best ways to alleviate widespread pain is through low-impact movement. This may include walking on a treadmill, water aerobics, or other exercises aimed at improving blood flow, reducing stress and increasing cardiovascular fitness. Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapist will prescribe an exercise program designed for your abilities.
Muscle Strengthening & Range of Motion
When you are in pain, your natural tendency is to guard the area or limit its movement out of fear of causing pain. This limited range of motion can weaken important muscle structures that further limit your range of motion and increase your pain levels. This vicious cycle can only be broken by working to strengthen weakened muscles and return your range of motion to the area you have been guarding. But, how do you do that when you are in pain?
Pain Relieving Treatments
Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa has tools in their belt aimed at relieving pain without medication. These may include the use of Dry Needling, Acupuncture, ice, heat, trigger point therapy, stretching, massage, electrical stimulation, or other therapeutic tools that can help limit your pain and retrain your body. Together with targeted exercise and a cardiovascular training program, it is possible to retrain your body to send and receive accurate signals without triggering widespread pain.
Regardless of where you are on your journey, it is possible to have relief from your worst symptoms through Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa services. Contact Us Today at Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa for more information or to schedule your evaluation and find out how we can get you on the road to recovery.