Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition that is commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed. The generalized symptoms of pain and fatigue that occur can make diagnosis difficult. Treatment can be equally as difficult without any clear underlying impairments to address. This can lead to frustration from both fibromyalgia patients and their doctors to find treatment and relief that actually works.
Through Ideal Spine’s expert-backed, results-oriented Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, chiropractors may be able to provide their patients with relief from pain and inflammation to elevate their overall quality of life. Patients suffering from fibromyalgia and looking for answers will benefit from consulting with a CBP chiropractor to determine what treatment options may provide them the most benefit.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread body aches and pain, tender points in muscles, and general fatigue. These are often accompanied with issues related to headaches, anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, unrestful sleep, and poor concentration.
The general hypothesis for the cause of fibromyalgia is that there is some kind of “glitch” in the brain and spinal cord. This ultimately leads to overactivation of the neural pathways in the spine and body that produce pain.
Without specific diagnostic tools for assessing symptoms or the underlying cause, both diagnosis and treatment are quite ambiguous. Risk factors for fibromyalgia include smoking, genetics, past infections or autoimmune disorders, trauma, being female, history of mental disorders, and a sedentary lifestyle.
When it comes to treating fibromyalgia, adjusting lifestyle factors seems to be the most effective. These may include gentle exercise, nutrition, stress management, and cognitive therapy. Additionally, any formal treatment that addresses the chronic pain, swelling, and low energy may have significant benefits. This may include massage therapy, physical therapy, medications, acupuncture and chiropractic. CBP chiropractors are at a great advantage for addressing these symptoms.
How corrective chiropractic care may help fibromyalgia
Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle, non-invasive way to potentially address fibromyalgia symptoms. Options include restoring spinal alignment and nerve flow to address body pain and swelling. This is done via manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and lifestyle education. When the body is in better balance it should be able to better manage symptoms of fibromyalgia through proper nerve conduction.
A chiropractor may also recommend home treatment options such as exercise, stretching, heat, and ice therapy. Additionally, they may work with a full medical team (doctor, physical therapist, massage therapist, etc.) to maximize results and ensure the highest quality of life possible for fibromyalgia patients.
Fibromyalgia is complicated. However, treatment doesn’t need to be. The holistic approach that CBP chiropractors use maximizes potential outcomes.