Fibromyalgia Restorative Care Program
Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and a number of other symptoms. While fibromyalgia is not truly a form of arthritis because it does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints and soft tissues, it does cause significant pain and fatigue, and it can interfere with a person’s ability to carry on daily activities.
In addition to widespread pain and fatigue, people who have fibromyalgia may experience a variety of other symptoms including weather and temperature sensitivity, memory problems, headaches, sleep disturbances and more.
There is no singular explanation for what causes fibromyalgia. Because fibromyalgia does not have a singular cause, there is no singular treatment that is effective at curing the syndrome. Therefore, a comprehensive treatment program seems to work best at managing the multiple symptoms that can arise from the syndrome.
Fibromyalgia Restorative Care Program
Our Fibromyalgia Restorative Care Program provides the exceptional support and services you need to get on the road to recovery. In our eight-week program, treating fibromyalgia is a team-based effort and includes different components to alleviate the unique blend of symptoms found in each patient. The program’s comprehensive approach is focused on treating the complex symptoms and problems that come with a fibromyalgia diagnosis.
Part of the Fibromyalgia Restorative Care Program is education based, and will help you understand:
- Fibromyalgia syndrome and common terminology
- Proper deep breathing and relaxation techniques
- The role of exercise
- Self-management techniques
- Sleep disorders associated with FMS
- Stress management
- Pain management
- Dealing with depression/grief
- Proper posture/body mechanics
- Fatigue/energy conservation
The physical therapy component of the Fibromyaglia Restorative Care Program integrates a combination of education, exercise, aquatic therapy, modified tai chi and neural integration. This program is individualized to the needs of each patient in order to help them better manage their lifestyles.
Regular physical exercise is an integral part of the treatment of fibromyalgia. According to the American College of Rheumatology, several studies have demonstrated a reduction in pain and fatigue and improvements in sleep and mood quality.
Aquatic therapy has been shown to be as effective as land-based exercise and may have greater benefits with respect to mood and sleep duration. Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water to assist in healing and may be better tolerated as an initial means of exercise by individuals with arthritis in weight-bearing joints (because of water buoyancy) or by individual who fear exercise with exacerbate their pain.
Tai Chi & Neural Integration Therapy
The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi is an effective therapy for fibromyalgia due to the slow, rhythmic movements that bring a state of mental calmness and clarity. It has proven to reduce symptoms, increase flexibility, balance and strength, as well as improve quality of life for fibromyalgia patients.
Fibromyalgia Restorative Care Team
In addition to your Primary Care physician, our team includes:
- Robert Schwartz, MD | Medical Director
- Raana Naidu, MD | Primary Care Physician Liaison
- Stephen Keiser, MD | Sports and Exercise Medicine
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician | neuro-musculoskeletal oversight
- Rheumatologist | inflammatory disease or osteoporosis
- Gastroenterologist | irritable bowel syndrome
- Urologist or OB-GYN Physician | interstitial cystitis
- Pulmonologist | sleep disorders
- Cardiologist | chest pain
- Psychiatrist | depressive disorders
- Physical therapists
A physician’s referral is required to participate in the Fibromyalgia Restorative Care Program. To learn more, please call 864-400-3645.