I was just wondering if anyone has had physio for their fibromyalgia. If so, did it help?

I went a couple of weeks ago and the girl seemed to know about fibro and explained that basically my brain is sending wrong signals to my body telling me I am in pain or my muscles/joints are damaged even though they aren't. But she gave me some exercises to do which were to stand up and sit down in a chair with my arms crossed and to do a couple of squats holding the back of a chair. I can't remember what she said exactly but it was something to do with telling my brain I'm not injured???

I must admit I haven't been doing the exercises every day as I am active most days I work 3 days a week 8hrs at a time in a fast food place and I walk a fair bit, so I'm not sure how a couple of stretches on top of that can make a difference. I probably should have asked her at the time but didn't think of it.

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  • Your physio is confusing CRPS with fibro, micro tears happen in our muscles and we are injured otherwise having a physical trauma wouldnt be a possible cause for fibro.

    i found stanmore rnoh NHS rehab program more beneficial than my local physio who gave me more exercises than i could manage and made my hypermobility worse.

  • That would make sense fibro is quite complex. x

  • Hi. Can u tell me more about the micro tears please? I don'think I've read on that yet. But then again, I did forget my surname last time.. So.. Sorry if it's repetition for you. Thanks.

  • My physio helps me to stay mobile, like you I don't understand how the few movements would help you as you are on your feet a lot of the time, the simple stretches can help on waking to get things moving other than that it seems you do enough through working and being mobile. xx

  • Hi Lou, it does sound daft doing more exercises when mobile for a while at work or at home. Myself when I did work full time , came home and had to do exercises and always felt better the next day

    Than if I had just rested.

    the reason I have been told by quite a few physios is that when you are working you move without thinking!!

    when you do the exercises, there is a set pattern and you are basically re training the muscles . Etc to work how they are supposed to..

    abit deep I know,, hope this helps

  • Thanks Fibro_rocker, this makes sense.

  • I had physio for about a year and I still do my exercises every day and I believe that it has helped me considerably.

    All my hopes and dreams for you



    This website mentions the micro tears about 1/2 way down and advises on exercise for fibromyalgics.

  • The hospital told me that the idea that our brains were sending the wrong signals to our bodies had been proved wrong. The doctor there said they now know that with fibro our nerves become damaged and also our muscles so the pain messages are going the other way, from our bodies to our brains.

    I've had physio and I've always been told to be extremely careful, never do an exercise if it makes the pain worse even if the same exercise helps on other days. I do have other problems, such as fusion in my spine, but I think it's generally good advice.

    All best,

    Mim xx

  • I haven't had physio yet but I have had some acupuncture which does seem to help a little with the pain but for me doesn't seem to last long.

    I have also tried reiki and massage but, nothing seems to last for long.

  • Hi tisrhi

    Interested in your post as I am currently working with a physiotherapist for my Fibro to strengthen certain muscles and work towards improving my aerobic fitness .

    Firstly can I suggest that next time you see your physio you take your pre prepared questions with you to ensure nothing is forgotten? Including " tell me again just why am i doing this?".

    Secondly that you ask your physio what she hopes to achieve through the exercises he/she has given you?

    Thirdly that before you dismiss their exercises you give them a fair trial and do them every day (if that was the instruction)

    Fourthly don't expect quick results -think months not weeks.

    Last but not least allow yourself time to adjust to incorporating new specific exercises into your daily routines. It's not as easy as it first seems but now I would miss mine if I stopped!

    Don't knock it until you've tried it!!

    all best

  • Thank-you so much for your reply I definatly need to work on number four. I think I'm just always hoping for that certain something to flip me back to 'normal' in an instant.

  • I am not able to do what I term exercise but everyn morning I go through a loosening up and stretching routine. I hope to join a proper tai chi class in the near future. When I did the CBT course at the hospital we had a disappointingly short session on physio, I had hoped to get for my neck but have them from previous accidents anyway! Does anyone know of a centre with hot pool/ tub and massage or CBT by trained staff like a working retreat?

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