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Fibromyalgia (Fibro = fibrous, Myo = muscle, Algia = pain) is a non-rheumatic chronic condition characterized by scattered pain and is often associated with fatigue and depression, most commonly affecting women.Most commonly affecting women, fibromyalgia is a very difficult condition to diagnose.The cause is not certain, although there are definitely associated changes in the levels of pain-regulating chemicals in the brain and body. This leads to the idea that the condition is one of central nervous system hypersensitivity. This is consistent with the absence of tissue damage or inflammation that would be expected with significant pain.The long-term chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia is not isolated to one specific area but rather is felt in all quadrants of the body (both the right and left sides as well as above and below the waste).

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A person living with fibromyalgia may experience ailments throughout 18 points of tenderness in the body including fatigue, headaches, numbness and tingling in the limbs as well as temperature sensitivity.Due to the fact that these symptoms are constant and simultaneous at times, people with fibromyalgia have an extremely difficult time managing the pain and finding treatment options to bring positive results.

Synergy Rehab & Physiotherapy Centre uses a multidisciplinary approach to treating patients with fibromyalgia. A comprehensive assessment will be performed and based on the findings, a gentle active and passive program of manual therapy, acupuncture, aerobic exercise and lifestyle management will be incorporated.

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