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 What is Fibromyalgia


Fibromyalgia is a disease increasingly widespread but little understood among the population. There are well known causes or treatments so that there is a general thought that it is a psychological illness. This post will try to explain their symptoms and disease from the perspective physiotherapy. Here you can see a more extensive article on fibromyalgia .

Fibromyalgia is a group of symptoms and musculoskeletal disorders little understood, which is primarily characterized by extreme fatigue, persistent pain and stiffness of muscles and tendons, headaches and problems with thinking and memory. It is a non-contagious disorder present in approximately 3 to 6 percent of young women, usually between 20 and 50 years of age.

Has historically been considered a musculoskeletal and neuropsychiatric disorder, but evidence from research in the last three decades have revealed alterations in the central nervous system affecting brain regions that might be linked to clinical symptoms. Although there is still no universally accepted cure for fibromyalgia, there are treatments that have proven effective in reducing symptoms. Physiotherapy is one of them.

The treatment is carried out at times of exacerbation of the disease. The techniques used include massage therapy (superficial and slow), thermotherapy (solar and infrared lamps) and hydrotherapy (hot showers pressure on the painful area). The cold can also be very effective in some patients.

Currently fibromyalgia suffer between 400,000 and 1,200,000 of Spanish, and most poorly understood and even feel marginalized, so that understanding and empathy are the treatments that work best to improve the quality of life of people with this type of disease.