Fibromyalgia syndrome is one of today’s most common chronic disorders. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) report shows, around 1 in 50 Americans currently suffer from fibromyalgia, and more than 90% of those who develop fibromyalgia are women.
Fibromyalgia typically causes pain throughout the body and sensitivity all over the musculoskeletal system. In addition to pain, patients also report long-term fatigue, and/or disturbed sleep and mood. ACR defines fibromyalgia as a history of pain in all four quadrants of the body lasting more than 3 months. The ACR also described 18 characteristic tender points on the body that are associated with fibromyalgia. To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a patient must have 11 or more tender points.
One of the most common treatments for fibromyalgia is chiropractic care. Chiropractors aim to treat pain and related symptoms by correcting the imbalances in the skeletal structure using a series of techniques, including stretches, adjustments and manipulations.
How Chiropractic Care Helps in Fibromyalgia
Chiropractic care can help fibromyalgia in a number of ways, including:
Reduced pain level
Chiropractic adjustment realigns the spine and re-establishes the connection between the nervous system and nerves. The pain is believed to be caused by the central nervous system receiving inaccurate pain signals. This results in pain throughout the body. The adjustment resets the nervous system for the brain to process pain more accurately. The chiropractor incorporates some form of soft tissue work, minimizing the painful pressure points.
Increased range of motion
Chiropractors can adjust the body’s joints and help loosen them. This increases the range of motion and allows them to move more easily.
Working with a chiropractor to loosen the joints and managing the tender points helps patients enjoy a restful sleep.
Compliments other treatments
Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia have traditional and alternative treatment options available to them. Chiropractic care can be utilized simultaneously with medications or other remedies, whether traditional or natural.
Working with a chiropractor can make patients feel more in charge of their pain management and optimistic in their recovery.
Lifestyle adjustment recommendations
The chiropractor may recommend lifestyle adjustments such as incorporating exercise or finding ways to control the pain without medication. The recommendations will be based on the patient’s everyday activities.
The chiropractor will recommend physical therapy as an important treatment option for a fibromyalgia patient. Fibromyalgia can cause severe muscular pain making the patient stop moving or exercising. It causes the muscles to tighten up. It also makes the muscles lose some of their natural pliability. Physical therapy can help patients gain back their muscular strength and flexibility.
As part of a whole body wellness approach, chiropractors often recommend changes to the diet and supplements. This can help cure the conditions and alleviate symptoms.
Contact Integrated Medical Care (IMC)
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia and need chiropractic care, contact Integrated Medical Care (IMC). Our expert chiropractic care specialists ensure you become pain free and live a healthy life. We evaluate the condition of our patients before starting treatment.