Have Fibromyalgia? Chiropractic Can Help!
By Sara Butler
Fibromyalgia is a very common chronic pain condition. The American College of Rheumatology states that 1 out of every 50 Americans suffers from this condition. It’s difficult to diagnose and often difficult to treat, but the good news for its sufferers is that chiropractic treatment can help.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that causes pain all over the body, with pressure points so sensitive even the slightest touch can trigger great pain. Patients who are diagnosed with this condition have several treatment options to help manage the pain, such as anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxers, sleep medications and nutritional therapy. Chiropractic care is also becoming a more popular treatment option for those who suffer from fibromyalgia.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractic care can help people with fibromyalgia manage their symptoms in a few ways. It can:
- Help to reduce pain levels – Constant pain is one of the hardest things for those with fibromyalgia to deal with. Pain episodes can be constant, lasting from weeks to months. When you see a chiropractor to have your spine adjusted and improve alignment, it can help to reduce painful pressure points, and also promote healing of your body.
- Help to increase the range of motion – When a chiropractor performs adjustments to your spine and other joints, they are helping to loosen them and improve your range of motion. If you have fibromyalgia, this increased range of motion can help you to move easier and with less pain.
- Help to increase the quality of sleep – Fibromyalgia sufferers often complain of difficulty sleeping due to pain, and if you are unable to sleep then your body is unable to restore itself. Working with a chiropractor to help treat your joints and reduce pressure points can also help you sleep longer and deeper.
- Complement other treatment options – One of the biggest advantages to chiropractic care is that it is natural, so it can be used together with other treatments to help patients find relief.
If you are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, discuss it with your chiropractor. You have to remember that relief will not occur overnight, and you have to be willing to make a commitment to the treatment you are seeking in order to get positive results. Discuss with your chiropractor the options available for treatment and work with them to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Remember, you don’t have to suffer through fibromyalgia alone – your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic is here to help!