Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a common form of chronic, widespread musculoskeletal pain. Despite the disabling consequences, this diagnosis remains somewhat mysterious and even controversial. Skepticism encountered from family, friends and members of the medical community has added to the frustration associated with the condition.

Today, most researchers and clinicians believe FMS involves abnormal nervous system processing. This makes FMS similar to disorders such as depression, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as well as phantom limb pain.

At Bellin Health, our physical and occupational therapy staff are knowledgeable and skilled to help manage FMS.

Treatment includes:

  • Education-making sense of what patients are feeling
  • Manual therapy designed to promote movement, which relieves pain
  • Instruction in exercises specific to each patient’s needs
  • Preparation for aerobic activities