Facts About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic, painful disorder that affects the fibrous connective tissue components of muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

The medical term “fibromyalgia” is broken down into fibro-, “fibrous tissues” and -algia, “pain”; thus the term literally means “muscle and fibrous connective tissue pain.”

With or without applying pressure, there can be pain, tenderness, and stiffness of muscles, tendons, and surrounding soft tissues. The thing is that other symptoms can come to surface because of this sort of discomfort. Symptoms such as trouble sleeping, fatigue, difficulty thinking clearly, difficulty performing tasks, stress, an”iety, depression, and migraine headaches.

That being said, the causes for fibromyalgia are not well known at this time. It is thought to be the effect caused by overactive nerves. Treatment consists of stress reduction, regular exercise, applying heat, gentle massage, physical therapy, and medication for pain.

If you think you may have fibromyalgia, this is something to discuss with your physician. If you have already been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I am here to share how Craniosacral Therapy, offered at Stillpoint Wellbeing Center in North Hampton and Plaistow, NH, can help.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a manual therapy technique consisting of light touch, listening, and good intention to engage the tissues, evaluate, and encourage the body to change and heal itself. A treatment session is usually about 45 to 60 minutes. The patient remains fully clothed and simply lies in a comfortable position on a padded treatment table. The amount of manual touch of the therapist is very light, often as light as the weight of a coin.

Craniosacral Therapy is effective for adults and children. This therapy is used with headaches and chronic pain patients of all types and ages, including fibromyalgia! Often times, the therapist will use CST in combination with other therapies, like massage, exercise, or before and after surgery or other medical procedures.

Craniosacral Therapy is so simple, gentle and effective, it is now being used in hospitals, clinics, schools and nursing homes.

Call us today at 603-974-1630 to learn more or to book an appointment for Craniosacral Therapy at Stillpoint Wellbeing Center.

Golf Injury Prevention

The fairways are calling! Back, knee, elbow, and shoulder pains are some of the more common complaints among golfers. This is often related to poor mechanics, decreased trunk and hip mobility, or impaired strength of the muscles that support the shoulder girdle, spine, and hip girdle. An underlying condition such as a herniated disc, arthritis, or soft tissue injury may also be contributing toward symptoms. Our providers at ISM are here to help, offering the latest treatments for pain relief as well as physical therapy to improve your strength and mobility. Please discuss with your provider how we may help you if you are experiencing pain, but here are some basic tips to keep your spine and your swing healthy this summer…

(1) Always warm-up and gently stretch

  • Stretch the muscles of the upper trunk, shoulders, and hips
  • Hold stretches for 2-3 seconds and repeat for 10-15 repetitions
  • Hit a few balls at the driving range to warm up your swing action

(2) Basic Strengthening of Core Musculature 3x/weekly

  • Rows
  • Lat Pulldowns
  • Clamshells
  • Chops
  • Squat with Diagonal Lift
  • Quadruped Opposite Arm / Leg Lifts
  • Planks – can be modified
  • Shoulder External Rotation with Shoulder Blade Squeeze

You can see these exercises at https://mcarrierdptcscs.medbridgego.com
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For more information, please contact Michael Carrier, DPT CSCS at our Barrington office (603) 664-0100