Traditional modern-day methods of dealing with fibromyalgia involve prescription medications to treat symptoms directly. If you are suffering from insomnia, you may be prescribed sleeping pills. For nerve pain, you may be prescribed Cymbalta. While these medications may work, they are short-term solutions, can come with negative side effects, and do little to get to the root of the problem.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on the entire body and treating the root cause, rather than only looking to treat individual symptoms. TCM is also customized for each individual because many conditions—including fibromyalgia—vary so much from person to person. Even better, TCM has been around for thousands of years and focuses on the most natural ways to treat your body.
Below we walk you through three popular TCM modalities and how they may help with fibromyalgia. We always recommend discussing these options with a licensed professional that will provide a thorough exam before providing any care.
Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture is a form of TCM that has been practiced for thousands of years. Acupuncture is based on maintaining a healthy flow of vital energy—known as qi—through the meridians of the body. For fibromyalgia, acupuncture affects the brain’s long-term ability to interpret and regulate pain and can direct energy to painful trigger points throughout the body.
To learn more about acupuncture for fibromyalgia, click here.
Herbal Medicine for Fibromyalgia
TCM practitioners will often prescribe a mixture of herbs that will vary from person to person to help restore the flow of energy and blood. These herbs may be teas, capsules, or powders mixed with water. For fibromyalgia, these herbs can focus on painful points in your body as well as the lifestyle symptoms you may be suffering from, including lack of sleep, fatigue, and depression. For fibromyalgia, a mixture of herbs and natural supplements are often prescribed.
To learn more about supplements for fibromyalgia, click here.
Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia
One of the few things understood about fibromyalgia is that it is a disorder of the central nervous system which consists of the brain and spinal cord, the primary focus of chiropractic care. 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 is very important in managing nerve pain caused by fibromyalgia.
To learn more about chiropractic for fibromyalgia, click here.
If you are interested in any of these three treatment methods to help control your fibromyalgia symptoms, Arapahoe Chiropractic & Acupuncture is here to help. We are located in Centennial, Colorado and provide care to patients throughout the south Denver Metro Area. Call us or contact us online today!
BY: Dr. Friedman
Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Traditional Chinese Medicine
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