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You may have fibromyalgia and not even know it. Fibromyalgia can creep into your life, one or a few symptoms at a time. Some of these are easily brushed aside as you go about your day. Fibromyalgia’s often caused by your body’s reaction to events that are impacting your health. Surgery, accidents, physical trauma, ongoing stress, infections or significant psychological stress are some typical causes. Also vulnerable to fibromyalgia are people who suffer from anxiety and depression, migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome. Yet there can be no discernable cause, just the ever-worsening symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Many people with fibromyalgia often are incorrectly diagnosed when seeking traditional medical treatment. It's an elusive illness that can take five years or more before it's correctly diagnosed. As with other illnesses, misdiagnosis can result in improper treatment and unnecessary surgery.
Fibromyalgia’s characterized by extensive musculoskeletal pain, frequently in conjunction with sleeplessness, extensive fatigue, moodiness and memory loss. Although its exact cause remains unknown, it’s believed fibromyalgia impacts the brain’s processing of pain signals, amplifying them. Although we can’t yet cure fibromyalgia, there’s an extensive array of treatments available to ease the pain from it. Traditional medicine practitioners often prescribe a range of powerful prescription drugs, such as antidepressants, muscle relaxants and sleep medications. This may temporarily relieve symptoms but can have profound side effects.
Chiropractic care offers natural, reliable treatment for fibromyalgia without the downside of prescription drugs. If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, or suspect that you have it, consulting with a chiropractor can offer you effective natural treatment alternatives. Chiropracty’s a holistic discipline that believes wellness lies in a well-functioning nervous system, which is dependent upon the spine—a spine free of misalignments. A chiropractor treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system that can cause disorders, such as fibromyalgia, which can trigger pain and dysfunction in parts of the body not near the spine.
How a chiropractor diagnoses Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia’s variety of symptoms require a practitioner who’s a skilled listener to correctly diagnosis it. Given chiropracty’s focus on the individual and the need for patients to participate in their own well being, good chiropractors are good listeners who communicate clearly. Your chiropractor will take a health history and perform an exam, evaluating your spinal alignment, palpitating your muscles and checking your body’s pressure points for pain sensitivity. Control points, such as the forehead, may also be touched. Your chiropractor will explain and discuss her evaluation with you.
How a chiropractor treats Fibromyalgia
If your chiropractor diagnoses your condition as fibromyalgia, the recommended treatment is typically through adjustments to the neck and spine. These are done with the hands and consist of short sharp thrusts, the goal being to correct spinal misalignments. Once these are corrected, pain symptomatic of fibromyalgia should be reduced or vanish. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as fatigue, depression and sleeplessness will then tend to dissipate.
You and your chiropractor may discuss homeopathic treatments, altering your lifestyle or diet, and recommend changes to your sleep habits to further improve your health. Contact us at (704) 392-9999 to schedule an appointment.