Have you recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and are looking for drug-free forms of therapy? An integrated fibromyalgia therapy session with us might just be what you need for overall wellness. Here’s what you should know about the benefits of integrated fibromyalgia therapy.
What is Integrated Fibromyalgia Therapy?
Considered to be a type of chronic pain condition, fibromyalgia results in widespread pain, muscular tenderness, and fatigue throughout the body. With no known cause, patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia are often only treated for the symptoms it presents. As a result, treatment is highly individualized from one patient to the next.
While prescription medication is one way to manage the symptoms of chronic pain that patients with fibromyalgia experience, there are also several non-drug free options. Termed as integrated fibromyalgia therapies, they involve non-invasive forms of functional medicine. These include:
- Herbal botanical supplements
- Cognitive-based therapy (CBT)
- Massage therapy
- Music therapy
- Mindfulness meditation
- Guided imagery
- Yoga, tai chi, and qigong
- Electromagnetic therapy
What Are the Benefits of Integrated Fibromyalgia Therapy?
Integrated fibromyalgia therapies are non-invasive and non-pharmacological forms of treatment suited for patients of all ages, including children. Studies have shown that these therapies can:
- Reduce chronic pain
- Improve sleep
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Increase self-awareness and sense of well-being
What to Expect During an Integrated Fibromyalgia Therapy Appointment
If you’ve never been an integrated fibromyalgia therapy session, you might be wondering what to expect during your first appointment. A certified therapist or trained healthcare professional will begin by asking you a series of comprehensive questions to determine your current health status, including pain levels and emotional and mental well-being. From there, a treatment plan that’s individual to you will be created based on a complete evaluation that may include a physical examination. Typically, integrated fibromyalgia therapy sessions occur on a regular basis for several weeks. Your treatment plan will be evaluated at frequent intervals, and new forms of therapy can be included, depending on your progress.