Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that is frequently misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Some of our patients have even been told by other doctors that the pain is “all in their heads”. At Premier Family Chiropractic, we understand that fibromyalgia pain is very real and can be incredibly frustrating and debilitating. If you are struggling with widespread pain, tenderness at specific trigger points, and chronic fatigue due to fibromyalgia, chiropractic care may be able to help you more effectively manage these symptoms.
Chiropractic Care Manages Fibromyalgia Pain Symptoms, Reduces Need for Medication
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and tenderness at specific “trigger points” along the body. The latest research suggests that the brain may be amplifying pain signals because of a problem with how the nervous system is sending and receiving these signals. For some of our patients, symptoms are first present following a physical trauma, surgery, infection or other psychological stress. For other patients, the pain may gradually occur over time without a specific trigger. While women are at greater risk for developing fibromyalgia pain than men, we frequently treat both men and women for this condition.
A misalignment in the spine can affect the brain’s ability to send and receive messages through the central nervous system. While chiropractic adjustments cannot “cure” fibromyalgia, regular adjustments help maintain proper spinal alignment, which is essential to reducing communication interference. This, in turn, helps to reduce the intensity of pain symptoms that our patients experience.
Chiropractic care is also beneficial for addressing the chronic fatigue that many patients face. Our chiropractic team understands that there is a big difference between feeling “tired” and experiencing chronic fatigue. Spinal adjustments are beneficial for mitigating these feelings of fatigue. This is because adjustments support the body’s natural sleep/wake cycle, helping to increase energy levels and reduce exhaustion.
During your first appointment, our chiropractor will perform a full diagnostic evaluation to assess your overall health and identify any spinal subluxations that may be contributing to your pain. Gentle adjustments can help relieve pressure on pinched nerves, reducing communication barriers in the central nervous system and supporting whole body health. Many fibromyalgia patients also benefit from therapeutic massage to release tension from the muscles and keep them relaxed and limber. Nutritional counseling can also help bring balance back to your diet by ensuring you are eating that right balance of nutrients.
Currently, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. This does not mean, however, that you should live your life struggling with chronic pain and fatigue. Chiropractic care has been shown the help our patients better manage their pain, improve sleep quality, increase energy levels and support overall wellness. By combining chiropractic adjustments with complementary therapies, such as physiotherapy and therapeutic massage, our wellness team treats both your pain symptoms and the underlying triggers for this pain. Our combination of care is designed to provide immediate, lasting pain relief that reduces pain severity.
To learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for fibromyalgia pain, schedule your appointment today!