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Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition characterized by widespread pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. In addition to chronic tender points of pain throughout the body, individuals also experience chronic fatigue, sleep problems, headaches and anxiety. An estimated 5.8 million Americans are affected by fibromyalgia. If you are one of them, you don’t need to suffer in silence. Our chiropractor takes fibromyalgia pain very seriously and will create a custom treatment plan to address your pain management needs.
Most fibromyalgia treatments rely on medication to manage pain symptoms and ease fatigue. However, these medications are limited in their effectiveness and may have many undesirable side effects. Most treatments, for example, rely on antidepressants or anti-seizure medications; not only do these drugs have undesired side effects, but they are also not effective for all patients. If you are searching for an alternative to medication, chiropractic care is an effective, drug-free option for managing pain and alleviating symptoms. While chiropractic care cannot “cure” fibromyalgia, it can treat many of the symptoms associated with this condition.
In order to understand why chiropractic is effective for managing fibromyalgia back pain and neck pain, it is important to understand the cause for this pain. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia is caused, in part, by an amplification of pain signals, which in turn negatively impacts the brain’s ability to correctly process and respond to these signals. A spinal misalignment is one possible cause for these amplified brain signals. When the spine is out of alignment, this misalignment may compress nearby nerves, triggering pain. Additionally, this nerve compression affects the central nervous system’s ability to effectively send and receive messages between the brain and the body’s organs, and may even be a cause for pain signal amplification.
Chiropractic adjustments are a drug-free, non-invasive treatment technique that supports proper spinal alignment and relieves nervous system compression. Regular adjustments are helpful for managing a constellation of fibromyalgia symptoms, including back pain and neck pain, as well as chronic fatigue. On a pain scale of 1 to 10, adjustments can help take an individual’s pain down from a “10” to a “3” or “4.”
One of the most common misconceptions about fibromyalgia pain is that it is not real or that this pain is all in a patient’s head. At Century Center Chiropractic, we know that this pain is very real and has a serious, profound impact on an individual’s quality of life. While we cannot cure your condition, our personalized treatment plans can make a significant difference for your overall health and quality of life. In addition to chiropractic care, we may also recommend complementary therapies to enhance the mind-body connection and relieve stress. Nutritional counseling, physical therapy and massage therapy all enhance the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Don’t let back pain, neck pain and chronic fatigue stop you from living your life. Schedule an appointment with our chiropractor today!