Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care

In the last two articles I talked about some of various issues treatable through the use of chiropractic adjustments. Today we’ll cover the last of the five – fibromyalgia.

According to MedlinePlus, fibromyalgia causes muscle pain as well as fatigue. Those living with fibromyalgia develop tender spots on their bodies. These tend to be centered around the neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs, and hips and are painful when pressure is applied.

Other symptoms of fibromyalgia may include being stiff in the mornings, headaches, trouble getting adequate sleep, neuropathy in the hands and feet, and trouble with memory and cognition. Other disorders that patients may report include pain related to TMJ, irritable bowl, and some autoimmune and psychological issues.

Patients suffering from fibromyalgia typically experience pain and sensitivity throughout their whole musculoskeletal system. In order to receive a diagnosis of FM, you must present a minimum of eleven specific tender spots on your body. Unfortunately, fibromyalgia affects around two percent of the US population, and there is no known cause or cure.

Due to the psychological issues tied to the disorder, many providers often focus on treating depression and other such aspects of FM. Some providers treat the physiological side of the disorder by addressing any underlying physical trauma or chronic alterations of the posture. Some even argue that FM is tied to the CNS (central nervous system) and is due to imbalances in neurochemicals. This last does ring true given the hypersensitivity to even the smallest amount of stimuli leading to a pain response, and the fact that it’s the nervous system that collects and analyzes all the info from the outside world.

Given the number of symptoms that may be experienced, treating them all can be more than challenging. However, recent studies have shown that including chiropractic adjustments with ischemic compression (a deep tissue technique) can help to provide relief. One study showed that as much as sixty percent of subjects who received chiropractic treatment experienced significant improvement through pain reduction, decreased fatigue, and improvement in sleep.

How can I, as a Doctor of Chiropractic, help you?

  • Dealing with neuromusculoskeletal issues is a chiropractor’s specialty. I will work with you to find the most positive form of chiropractic adjustments to treat your nervous system. These treatments can offer you a much more improved chance for recovery. The chiropractic care I utilize will help address shoulder, back, and neck pain as well as headaches and any pain you may be experiencing due to musculoskeletal injuries.
  • By utilizing spinal adjustments, I will also help you to reduce your overall pain. Spinal vertebrae may have become restricted, they may have shifted out of alignment, or they may have even locked. The spinal adjustments I offer can help to alleviate these issues thereby helping to increase your lumbar and cervical range of motion.

Many who suffer from fibromyalgia do so with little to no hope for relief. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help to provide said relief. If you have questions about how I can help you to address your pain and discomfort due to FM, please be sure to contact me today.