Fibromyalgia, or FMS, is a chronic condition, characterized by muscle and joint pain, sleep disturbances, and fatigue. Other symptoms include irritability of the bowel and bladder, cold hands and feet, morning stiffness, headaches, decreased attention span, memory loss, and hyper-sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell. The cause of fibromyalgia is not clear.

Diagnosis is made following the College of Rheumatology criteria:

  • Widespread pain present over three (3) months
  • Negative diagnostic tests for other diseases
  • Presence of 11 of the 18 tender points
  • Presence of FMS symptoms

There is no “cure” for fibromyalgia, but individuals can learn to manage symptoms by making modifications to their activities. FMS affects people differently; it may involve minor limitations, or it may be very limiting.

Our treatment plan for you

After a detailed evaluation, the treatment plan is tailored to the individual. The program is designed to teach the patient the characteristics of fibromyalgia, and through education, guide the patient in modifying activities and habits. Traditional therapy focused on specific tissue treatment is included, but is not the focus of the program.

Treatment includes:

  • Sleep modifications
  • Physiological quieting
  • Diet recommendations
  • FMS – specific exercise program
  • Soft Tissue modalities (Electrical stimulation, moist heat, ultrasound)
  • Gentle myofascial/manual therapy
  • Pacing techniques
  • Crisis management plan

Because FMS is a chronic condition, the goals of treatment are the management of symptoms, improvement in lifestyle, and restoration of functional abilities to allow the patient to reach his or her maximum potential. Education in self-care is a vital part of our program; commitment and follow through in making lifestyle changes is the key to success.

To schedule an appointment, contact us at:

Capital Medical Center Physical Therapy
420 McPhee Rd. SW, Suite B
Olympia, WA 98502

Phone: 360-754-3715
Fax: 360-754-4579

Open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.