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Fibromyalgia Specialist

PhysioNetics -  - Physical Therapist


Physical Therapist located in Naples, FL

The frustration of fibromyalgia sufferers is well founded, as it’s a condition of often unknown origin with no standard treatment and no cure. It’s believed by researchers that fibromyalgia may cause the brain to change the way it processes pain, in effect amplifying messages of pain sensation. The sufferer starts to feel pain more severely than accounted for by any body condition. Dr. Varveris and the staff at PhysioNetics in Naples, Florida frequently treat the symptoms that accompany fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Q & A

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

  • Widespread pain through the body—often described as a dull ache— that lasts for months
  • Mental “fogginess”—lack of focus and concentration
  • Fatigue even after seemingly adequate sleep. Sufferers often report waking up already tired
  • Other symptoms sometimes include cramps and pain in the lower torso, headaches, and depression

Are there risk factors identified for fibromyalgia?

Yes. Women are more likely to have a fibromyalgia diagnosis than men. There’s also a genetic risk, as the condition seems to run in families. Those with rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus may have an increased risk of fibromyalgia. Some infectious diseases seem to trigger or intensify fibromyalgia symptoms.

What techniques do Dr. Varveris and her state of the art team at PhysioNetics use to treat fibromyalgia?

As physiotherapists, Dr. Varveris and her team focus on regular, low-impact exercise, since physical activity frequently relieves fibromyalgia symptoms. They recommend conditioning exercises 3 times a week as a minimum to decrease associated pain. Activities such as walking, swimming, and biking provide better results than more strenuous exercise such as weight training. Many fibromyalgia sufferers report reduced pain and improved energy soon after starting an exercise plan. The clinic team teaches proper muscle stretching, flexing and relaxing techniques in addition to posture control and controlled breathing exercises.

Breaking the pain cycle often involves further treatment. At PhysioNetics, preferred techniques include:

  • Cold light laser
  • Dolphin Neurostim electrotherapy
  • Soft tissue oscillation
  • Myofascial and MyoKinesthetic release

There are alternatives to drug treatment for fibromyalgia symptoms. Dr. Varveris and her team have the experience and knowledge to customize the proper treatment plan for your fibromyalgia. Call or make an appointment online today for assessment by Dr. Varveris and her team at PhysioNetics. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most forms of insurance.


Although PhysioNetics Physical Therapy is an in-network provider with some health insurance companies, we are out of network with many others. Many insurance companies require providers to accept 30-40% less than the Physician Fee Schedule rates for their services if they become in network providers. Other physical therapy clinics decide to accept these reduced payments and see more patients with less one-on-one treatment time to make up for the decrease in income. We at PhysioNetics do not consider these viable options. Each of our patients is scheduled for an exclusive appointment time with a licensed physical therapist during which time they receive one-on-one physical therapy care tailored exclusively for them. Unlike other clinics, we utilize the latest technologies in rehabilitation services to facilitate faster recovery, which in the long run will cost you less out of pocket expenses. Since we will not compromise on our level of care, we are unable to accept most insurance contracts. Often times our cash fee is less than your in-patient co-pay requirements. We will be happy to provide you with the proper forms and paperwork for you to submit your claims if you wish to do so. Typically, for patients with high deductibles and copays, it is more cost-effective to pay our cash-pay rates. PhysioNetics sets itself apart from other clinics on the basis of quality of care and we are confident that after your first visit you will realize that you made the right decision to choose us over perhaps an in-network provider. We are sure you will not be disappointed! What is your health, wellness and quality of life worth?