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  • WebMD Adds Physical Therapy to Fibromyalgia Resources

    The hugely popular WebMD health site just got a little better, because now it includes a new section on physical therapy's role in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

    "The benefit of physical therapy is that it allows a person with fibromyalgia to work closely with a trained professional who can design a fibromyalgia-specific treatment program," WebMD says in its new "Fibromyalgia and Physical Therapy" page. "Physical therapists work with all types of patients—from infants to adults. They provide health services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. Working one-on-one with people, physical therapists help restore overall fitness and health."

    The page explains what physical therapy is, how physical therapists (PTs) can help individuals with fibromyalgia, and the various tools and approaches used by PTs including hydrotherapy, deep tissue massage, aerobic conditioning, pain relief exercise, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and stretching and strengthening exercises.

    "[PTs] can show people with fibromyalgia how to relieve symptoms of pain and stiffness in everyday life," states the WebMD site, adding that PTs can help patients build strength and range of motion, show individuals with fibromyalgia how to get relief from deep muscle pain, and help patients "make sensible decisions about daily activities that will prevent painful flare-ups."

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