More than 4 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain and discomfort caused by fibromyalgia, up to 90% of which are women. This pain and discomfort is exhausting, disheartening, and sometimes debilitating. Fibromyalgia is still not well understood and currently there is no cure for the condition, leaving fibromyalgia suffers to seek a wide variety of remedies for any sort of relief.
Thankfully, many have found relief taking a more comprehensive approach. From diet changes to lifestyle changes, there is a range of treatment methods available to fibromyalgia sufferers. One of these popular treatment methods is chiropractic care. For several other natural treatment methods, click here.
How can a chiropractor help with fibromyalgia?
One of the few things understood about fibromyalgia is that it is a disorder of the central nervous system. Your central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord. When your spine is misaligned, your entire body is affected. Better spine health means better nerve function, which helps alleviate localized pain. Good spinal health and alignment is very important in managing nerve pain caused by fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia also causes muscles to tighten up and lose some of their natural pliability; this results in a loss of movement in the spine and a neurological reflex that causes the muscles to tighten further. This vicious cycle will continue and over time will lead to increased pain, increased muscle tightness, a loss of movement, more difficulty sleeping and the development of more and more trigger points.
A chiropractor will address any spine misalignments and areas where nerve restriction is causing pain and muscle tightness. Proper chiropractic adjustments can realign the spine and re-open nerve channels, leading to pain reduction.
What should I expect?
Adjustments should always be performed by a licensed specialist. A consultation and treatment can last anywhere between 30 minutes to over an hour. The specialist will ask questions pertaining to your health history, concerns, and any pain or discomfort you have been experiencing. A physical exam will follow, and depending on the severity, the specialist might request further examinations or X-rays.
The biggest concern in treating people with fibromyalgia is that their muscles have a diminished healing ability. For this reason, chiropractic adjustments are usually modified slightly to be more gentle than normal. This helps to decrease the stress on all the small supporting muscles of the spine, which can be easily injured. It is important when seeking chiropractic care, to make sure that the doctor is familiar with the muscular changes that occur with fibromyalgia so that they can adjust their treatment accordingly.
Chiropractic care for fibromyalgia in Centennial, CO
Are you or a loved one suffering from fibromyalgia? The professionals at Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center are here to help. We offer chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy to patients suffering from fibromyalgia. Contact us for more information or schedule an appointment today!
BY: Dr. Friedman
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