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Take control of your symptoms to live your best life

If you have fibromyalgia, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the pain and fatigue. Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare can help you take control of this chronic illness so you can focus on enjoying your life again. Our Fibromyalgia Programs are designed to enable you to take a more active role in your health and, ultimately, reduce your symptoms and long-term healthcare costs.

The Fibromyalgia Programs at Casa Colina are led by experienced physical and occupational therapists. The programs are based on a wellness model that is designed to educate patients with fibromyalgia in the self-management of health, including pain management and energy conservation, and to provide the necessary skills to return to an active and more fulfilling lifestyle.

Our most comprehensive 8-week program meets three days per week for sessions two to three hours in length. We also have a less intensive 6-week program that meets twice weekly for one hour each session. These and other options are discussed at the time of the evaluation.

You will be evaluated by a physical therapist before you begin the program. Your therapy will then be comprised of the following three components.

An aquatic program that will enable you to use:

  • An indoor warm-water pool (94-96 degrees)
  • Gentle walking and arm movements
  • Resistive exercises
  • Aquatic exercise equipment

An education program that will cover topics such as:

  • Fibromyalgia issues
  • Stress management
  • Nutrition
  • Physiology of exercise
  • Understanding pain
  • Energy conservation and body mechanics
  • Complimentary and holistic medicine
  • Lifestyle management
  • Coping skills
  • Psychological impact of fibromyalgia

An exercise program that will show you proper techniques for:

  • Relaxation to reduce pain and tension
  • Stretching to increase range of motion and flexibility
  • Strengthening to encourage greater mobility and balance
  • Pacing oneself to avoid symptom flare-ups
  • Preventing injuries or strains
  • Tai Chi and Yoga

We'll introduce you to new coping skills to help you improve your diet, mood, pain, and ability to sleep. Every session will involve one hour of pool therapy, one hour of education, and (after the initial two weeks) one hour of exercise. Every visit will show you new ways to feel better and improve your quality of life.

Casa Colina also offers community Support Groups for both teens and adults living with fibromyalgia. These groups meet monthly to provide ongoing peer support and education for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Outpatient Services at 909/596-7733, ext. 3500 or toll-free 866/724-4127, ext. 3500 or contact us now.

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