Get Physical: Health and Wellness through MovementPaula Giardina, PT, DPT, Director of Physical Therapy for Performance Spine and Sports Medicine and mother of a 4 year old boy, talks about topics of health and wellness and how moving is the link to health, happiness and sanity.
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There is a lot going on this time of year. There are holiday parties to attend, lots of shopping to do, and the kids are off from school. There is baking and shoveling snow, and cooking and entertaining. There is singing and signing Christmas cards and carrying boxes of decorations down from the attic, vacuuming, dusting and setting the table with the good china. Thinking about it all can make you tired. We have to do some of these things all year long – we have to use the good china on Easter and have to cook Sunday dinner once a month for the family, but at this time of year everything comes together in a perfect storm of tasks to be done. And let’s be honest, it is exhausting even when you are feeling your best.
For some people it takes many less items on our to-do lists to use up the reserves in our gas tanks. For people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome the tasks of a typical day can seem daunting. Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome that affects people physically mentally and socially. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, fibromyalgia is characterized by “chronic widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbances, fatigue and often psychological distress.”
Fibromyalgia is also associated with other problems and symptoms that area associated with and compounds the effects of fibromyalgia. These include; migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, restless legs syndrome (periodic limb movement disorder), impaired memory and concentration, skin sensitivities and rashes, dry eyes and mouth, anxiety, depression, ringing in the ears, dizziness, vision problems, Raynaud's Syndrome, neurological symptoms, and impaired coordination.
Treatment of fibromyalgia can be tricky. There are pharmacological treatments that can be effective so if you or someone you know is suffering the symptoms of fibromyalgia, see your doctor today. Physical therapy has also been an effective means of treating fibromyalgia symptoms. Studies have documented that modalities such as cold laser or infrared therapy combined with gentle exercises have been effective in improving quality of life of people who suffer from fibromyalgia.
So this holiday season if someone you love is overburdened – lend a hand! Wash the dishes, set the table, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if it is you that needs it. We need to remember the true value of the holiday season… love. …And what better way to show your love for someone then giving help when it is needed most.
Happy Holidays everyone… I will talk to you all in the New Year. I will have plenty of assignments – for you and me – at that time. I’d love to hear from you what you need help motivating to do, so write me and let me know. J
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