FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia Treatment in Wasilla, Alaska
Northern Edge Physical Therapy is the right choice for your treatment. We are the only physical therapy practice in the state of Alaska that offers clients excellence in physical therapy with specialized programs such as; Dry Needling, Redcord, AlterG Anti-gravity Treadmill, Low-level Laser Therapy, and Massage Therapy.
Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome that causes persistent body-wide pain and tenderness in the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments). It is most common among women (age 20-50 years old) and has been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety. Typically, syndrome indicates that the condition is multi-factorial, indiscriminate, and unpredictable.
Multifactorial – more than one structure is injured or impaired which means that symptoms are poorly patterned and injured structures are difficult to isolate.
Indiscriminate – not everyone with fibromyalgia has the same presentation. It can be confused or associated with chronic back or neck pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, tension headaches, and lyme disease.
Unpredictable – myofascial pain can include local and referred pain due to ‘trigger points’ and pain related changes that impact every aspect of life.
The challenge with fibromyalgia is pinpointing which structures are injured and determining the most promising treatments. Lack of specific diagnosis and treatment may be the reason fibromyalgia problems tend to become chronic. Northern Edge Physical Therapy understands the challenges faced by those suffering from fibromyalgia. Our examination is designed to be specific allowing us to identify structures which are either causing pain or delaying healing. Our treatment is directed towards the pain and the barriers to healing. We offer specialized programs to help achieve pain-relief and enhance performance.
Why do I HURT?
- Here is what happens: Although the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, there are some likely culprits. Trauma (physical or emotional) and an abnormal pain response are possible causes of painful tender points that develop in each region of the body. Pain becomes a limiting factor that impairs sleep, activity and diet.
- Until you get better: Movement is the fuel of all life and promotes healing. Some movement is better than none especially in the case of fibromyalgia. Healing is often delayed in situations where anxiety and fear of re-injury prevents movement.
- Repeat injury: Inflammation prevents nutrients from reaching injured tissues. Some inflammation is natural during the healing process but it can become excessive and persistent due to inactivity, stress, repeated trauma and lack of treatment. Other weakened or deconditioned areas not affected by the original injury can become painful and limited due to persistent inflammation and lack of movement.
- Trigger pain reflex: Pain triggers a reflexive change in movement patterns. Movement becomes un-natural and leads to imbalanced posture, uncontrolled motion and excessive guarding. Pain can easily become a training aide that reshapes movement patterns and alters muscle activation in efforts to protect and shield tissues/joints from further injury. However, just like inflammation this pain driven reflex can become excessive and persistent.