Fibromyalgia – Find Relief From Your Pain With Chiropractic

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome with an unknown cause. In fact, it is very difficult to diagnose and a person will have this condition if the various symptoms exists:

  • Pain that is widespread in all of the 4 quadrants of the body. This pain is usually constant and has lasted for at least 3 months or longer.
  • The person has a minimum of 11 tender points throughout these areas of the body.  A tender point exists if there is pain when pressure is applied (around 9lbs of pressure which is enough to cause the nail bed of the pressing finger to whiten).

Other symptoms include:

  • Morning stiffness
  • Chronic headaches
  • Poor sleep
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Myofascial pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Muscle weakness or twitching

A person doesn’t have to have all of these symptoms to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but usually there are several of them that are present along with the pain.

Can chiropractic help fibromyalgia?
Many experts agree that fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder. Because of the hypersensitivity of the nerves, many of the above symptoms appear along with pain that becomes a problem on a daily basis for many people.

Because chiropractors are trained to help the body heal itself, adjustments are very beneficial in increasing mobility and helping to normalize the nervous system, which can greatly improve the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Also, people that have this disorder may have abnormal amounts of chemical compounds called neurotransmitters (they are responsible for transmitting nerve impulses). In addition, they may also have 3 to 4 times the nerve growth factors as people without this condition.

Because this disorder can manifest with a variety of different symptoms, a holistic approach such as chiropractic is an ideal way to find relief.

In fact, chiropractic care for this disorder has sharply grown in popularity with millions of fibromyalgia sufferers because of the great results that can be received.

A doctor of chiropractic that can successfully treat this condition, uses a variety of techniques to include with this holistic approach. These includes massage therapy and diet specific for this condition. The combination of gentle and specific adjustments and muscle work help reduce the painful pressure points throughout the body and calm the nervous system. This is the key to helping people get back to living a more productive and pain free life on a daily basis.

Traditional medical treatment consists of mostly pain medication and many doctors still believe that it is mostly a psychological disorder. Because of this, there is still no standard reliable way to diagnose the condition. This results in pain medication being prescribed which hasn’t been shown to have any effect. Also, because this becomes a chronic condition, pain medication is never a good idea as the primary approach to treating fibromyalgia.

If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, have constant pain and experience any of the symptoms mentioned in the article, it could be a great decision to visit a chiropractor. At Advanced Spinal Clinic, we will answer all your questions and help you better understand what we can do. We can also help you identify what you need to do to successfully manage this condition and immediately increase the quality of your life.