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Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care


The nervous system and the musculoskeletal system are undoubtedly intertwined. Often times, a certain nervous system condition can be mediated or even completely cured by an improvement in the health of the musculoskeletal system, and vice versa. One of the more common conditions in the nervous system that we see as somewhat dependent on the musculoskeletal system is fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a condition in which overactive neurons are constantly firing and sending signals of pain to and from the brain and spinal cord. This results in chronic pain in the extremities, internal discomfort in a variety of different locations within the musculoskeletal system, difficulty in managing stress, and so much more that can significantly reduce a patient’s quality of life. This can make even simple activities like walking the dog or getting the mail extrememly difficult - holding patients back from their full potential.

Rather than using expensive and ineffective medications to relieve the symptoms of this crippling condition, fibromyalgia patients have the ability to seek an alternative treatment course as a way to improve fibromyalgia outcomes and develop a new sense of life and purpose. Fibromyalgia can impact every facet of an individual’s life and in seeking chiropractic care, patients with fibromyalgia are effectively taking a large step towards improving their overall health outcomes and their quality of life.

Chiropractic doctors have the ability to manipulate the spine in order to realign any subluxations - also known as out of place vertabra. During the process, any nerve blockages are reduced. This allows for proper blood and nutrient flow throughout the body - a big plus for those with fibromyalgia pain. Chiropractors may use hand or activator methods of adjustments - it depends on their professional expertise and opinion on the patient's best chance of success.

Correct spinal alignment and optimal layout of the musculoskeletal system provides neurons all throughout the body to properly communicate. The symptoms of fibromyalgia can worsen if there is a problem with the alignment in a certain part of the spine or any other part of the musculoskeletal system. When there is proper communication, the pain signals that are perceived by neurons in the extremities are reduced in frequency as well as in quantity.

Additionally, the functioning of major neurological channels in the brain and spinal is improved drastically when different components in the musculoskeletal system are aligned properly, thus giving patients an enhanced ability to move throughout daily activity, manage stress, and return to their normal schedule without fear of chronic nerve pain.

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