Physical Therapy for Fibro

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   Posted 11/2/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I wonder if anyone of you have tried or know anything about having Physical Therapy for fibro.  My doctor is referring me for it and I don't know how this can help.
Any comments?

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   Posted 11/2/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to physical therapy for a few months a year or so ago, and it was a good experience but I don't think it helped me much. My physical therapist talked to me on my first visit and we decided that he would try to build up a basic level of muscular strength in the hope that it would relieve my pain.

To a certain point the exercises made me stronger, but it was not long at all before the same exercises I did every day became too hard. My abilities varied from visit to visit and in the end I elected to stop going because it was causing me more muscular pain than benefit.

Now I go to a gentle yoga class once a week, which I find to be very refreshing and helpful. I have to take a nap as soon as I get home, though, because it completely exhausts me.

I would suggest that you try the therapy, because I think that it probably could help some people even though it wasn't for me. Don't assume that it won't work, because then it probably won't. There's a good chance that your PT will set up a program that helps you with your daily functioning.

Good luck!

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   Posted 11/3/2009 3:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I am doing a graded exercise programme, organised by a physiotherapist, which seems to be going well (it's early stages yet).

I also do hydrotherapy, which I enjoy, but think is too hard for me right now, as I tend to have to sleep for days afterwards. It really does help with the pain, though.
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   Posted 11/3/2009 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Jazzmynn, I have gone through physical therapy several times for other issues. Some
of the exercises I have learned there I continue to do and believe they are beneficial for
fibro. I like working with the resistance bands, it helps with stiffness. I also learned some
stretches that I do before getting out of bed in the morning.

I would definately give the physical therapy a try. You'll be working with a trained therapist
who will be able to teach you proper technique.

Hope it works well for you!

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   Posted 11/3/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I did PT for over a year and it really did help me with my fibro. Good luck!!
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