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Physical therapy
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dkarssen79 - January 14

Anyone had any luck with physical therapy or aquatic therapy. I've been doing some stretching and light cardio, but I'm still having quite a bit of pain. I was up all night tossing and turning because of severe back pain and pain in my legs, feet and ankles. Just looking for different things that might help a little. I was very inactive for a while and that definitely didn't help so I'm trying to be more active. It's causing more pain right now but I'm hoping in the long run it will help. Any advise or suggestions?

 

axxie - January 14

I also started with doing a little more stretches, a little goes a long way, but necessary for our bodies. The pain is very real and you need to slow down. Sometimes we do more thinking this is very little compared to what we were able to do prior to having fibro. But our excercise regime doesn't need a gym membership, we can do it in the privacy of our home. Listen to your body, maybe a little every day will be sufficient until you are able to do more. My stretching are limited to three stretches for each muscle group, because that is all I can do at the moment.
Remember we are super sensitive, our lives, our emotion, the temperature etc, all play a factor on how we feel our body. Somedays more painful then others. Go slow, but do only one a day, until you can do repeats of three.
My salvation when I'm hurting is the shower, I have bought myself a little plastic one step and I sit in the shower while the water pour over me, the water helps me relax, meaning less pain. Or try doing your stretching in the shower, you will feel the pain to a lessor degree.

 

solanadelfina - January 15

Yes, my aunt also has this and taught me some stretches that have been immensely helpful. Have you ever tried range of motion stretches?

If not, basically you start with bending every joint in the fingers, then wrists, elbows, shoulders, feet, ankles, knees, and so on. Follow your instincts on how many you can do, and rest if need be. (I worked up to ten of each in the morning, twenty of each at night.) They can hurt a bit to start with, but keep everything working and get me going in the morning.

Tai Chi or some GENTLE yoga can also help. Tai Chi is naturally very gentle, and there are some basic yoga tapes (I recommend Rodney Yee) that are great, too. If a person can't do it all yet, don't worry, do what you can. Even five minutes can help.

As for cardio, walking is a good start for that. Again, listen to your body and don't overdo. With time, it may get easier.

Good luck.

 

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