I go to Physical Therapy and it has helped me. The first 6 to 8 visits were awful. It gave me so much pain afterwards where I would almost be in tears and did not want to go back again. After that I started noticing less pain and more mobility. I'm fortunate that they have a gal that specializes in fibro. I would not let anyone touch me that does not know anything about it. Our bodies are different. And yes, there is specific treatment for it. We begin with a warm up either on the treadmill or crosstrainer- 5 to 10 minutes. Then it is myofacial release massage- our ligaments and tissues are all knarled up and this gently stretches the tissues and gets them back to as normal as possible.
She compares our tissue to the Chinese finger pull. The one where you put a finger in each end of the tubing. If you struggle hard, tugging on it, it just makes it worse. If you relax and gently back out, your fingers come out easily. So any gentle stretching exercise, be it yoga, some pilates, walking, water aerobics. She states our fibro bodies want to work for us - we just have to learn a new way to exercise.
So heck Kythe I would go ahead if I were you and get a very easy yoga DVD or start out walking slowly. Sherrine emphasizes the gentle stretching exercises on a post they have here too. I'm just slowly learning my routine too. We can fumble through this together! GamJill