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What Is A Trigger Point?

Posted by MAPS Education Team on Jan 16, 2015


What is a trigger point?

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Topics: Chronic Pain, Physical Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Minimally Invasive Procedures

Does Physical Therapy Help Fibromyalgia Pain?

Posted by Rigel Johnson, PT, DPT on Jan 13, 2015


Fibromyalgia is a confusing diagnosis that can be difficult to understand. Prior to receiving this diagnosis many are sent to numerous specialists including immunologists, rheumatologists, and neurologists. Each specialist may have a new diagnosis or treatment option, with various medications that are tried and failed.

What does this mean? Fibromyalgia is defined as widespread pain and hypersensitivity to normal touch and daily activities. Current research is suggesting that fibromyalgia is a product of a sensitivity of the nervous system, starting in the brain. When your brain decides there is a threat to your survival, it will increase the sensitivity of your whole system to ensure you are aware of how to protect yourself. In short, it is doing too good of a job trying to protect you.

So what can you do about it?

There is no reason to believe that you can’t live a normal life without constant pain, fatigue, and other symptoms related to fibromyalgia. The physical therapists at Medical Advanced Pain Specialists (MAPS) are equipped to work with you to determine the best way to manage your symptoms. Here are a few of the things your PT will do to reduce your symptoms and help you get back to doing what you love!

  1. Develop a routine exercise program. This is essential in the recovery and management process. The human body is designed to move, and a regular exercise program will help restore a chemical balance that decreases sensitivity. Your PT will help you determine which mode of exercise is the most appropriate for you, and get you started on forming good habits to continue on your own
  2. Education on pacing to improve your ability to perform activities without causing a flare up of pain.
  3. Therapeutic neuroscience education to help understand why you have pain. Knowledge is power! The more you understand about fibromyalgia, the more you can empower yourself to take charge of your pain and own it! YOU are the best tool against fibromyalgia pain.
There are also resources out there to help you through this process. A recommended work book that will help guide you down the road to recovery is “Your Fibromyalgia Workbook” By Adriaan Louw PT, Ph.D., CSMT.

Don’t be discouraged by fibromyalgia, move forward with physical therapy!! To schedule an appointment with a physical therapist, click here.
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Topics: Blog, Physical Therapy, Headaches, Fibromyalgia