What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic form of muscular pain and fatigue. Pain is the most prominent symptom of the condition and is generally felt all over. It commonly disturbs sleep patterns. Fibromyalgia pain has been described in a variety of ways including burning, radiating, gnawing, sore, stiff and aching. For many, fibromyalgia significantly limits the ability to lead a normal life.
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, help is available. SOMC Rehab Services has developed a Fibromyalgia Management Program designed to help manage the pain and improve the quality of life for those with this condition.
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Fibromyalgia doesn't have to stop you from living your life. With proper management, the pain can be reduced, sleep can be improved, and you can regain your independence. There is increasing evidence that a regular exercise routine is essential for all fibromyalgia patients.
The program through SOMC Rehab Services is the first step in a lifetime of managing fibromyalgia symptoms. It focuses on exercise and includes education that will give you the tools that you need to better control your condition. Through proper management, fibromyalgia patients can lead active lives. Upon completion of the rehabilitation program, independence can be continued under the guidance of an exercise physiologist by joining the SOMC LIFE Center.
Components of the program
Therapists will evaluate each new participant and give them an overview of the program and what can be expected. Each client will also be given a plan of treatment.
Exercise is a vital part of the program. Through exercise, many fibromyalgia patients experience an increase in stamina, a reduction in pain and improved sleep patterns. The exercise portion of the Fibromyalgia Management Program may include use of the treadmill, stationary bicycles, walking track, lightweight training and activities in our 92-94 degree therapy pool. (Also see our Aquatic Therapy Program.)
Through the program education courses will be held on general fibromyalgia information, stress management, nutrition, relaxation, energy conservation and body mechanics. Classes will last one hour. Each session is taught by trained and certified professionals.