Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder with a vast constellation of symptoms that vary from person to person. Widespread pain and extreme fatigue are the most common, but those suffering from fibromyalgia also can have headaches, weather and temperature sensitivity, memory problems, sleep problems, muscle stiffness and digestive issues. Clearly, living with symptoms like day in and day out can interfere with your life.
Currently there is no cure for the fibromyalgia. Research has shown that the best course of treatment to date is attempting to manage the multiple symptoms as effectively as possible. That's where St. Francis comes in.
St. Francis now offers an eight-week Fibromyalgia Restorative Care Program that provides both education and medical services to help alleviate the unique blend of symptoms found in each person suffering with fibromyalgia. The program can include education, physical therapy, exercise, aquatic therapy, alternative therapies and emotional support - all in partnership with the care being provided by your primary care physician.
Our comprehensive team includes a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician, rheumatologist, gastroenterologist, urologist or OB-GYN physician, pulmonologist, cardiologist, psychiatrist and physical therapists. This team develops strategies for each patient, designed to manage symptoms and make their day-to-day living a little easier.
These professionals teach self-management techniques including deep breathing, relaxation, proper body mechanics, and energy conservation tips. In addition, they discuss how exercise, stress, nutrition and emotional wellbeing all can play a role in managing the condition.
An important component of the program is physical therapy, in which a combination of exercise, aquatic therapy, modified tai chi and neural integration can show real results.
Learn more about the Fibromyalgia Restorative Care Program by calling 864-400-3645.