Fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to live with and more and more patients with fibromyalgia are turning to chiropractic care for safe and effective treatment and management of their condition. Fibromyalgia can’t be cured but it doesn’t have to be as painful and debilitating as it can be at its worst. With proper treatment by a trained professional chiropractor, you can manage your symptoms and get back to enjoying your life.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the entire body. Sometimes it is triggered by an event, such as an illness, injury, or severe psychological stress, but sometimes it develops without any obvious cause. The chemicals in your brain that respond to pain stop working as they should and interpret non-painful events as being painful. For example, a light touch on the arm might register as pain.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia can be widespread. While pain is a hallmark of the condition, there are other symptoms that often coincide with it. These can include:
- muscle stiffness
- irritable bowel syndrome
- problems with sleeping – difficulty going to sleep or long periods of sleep that aren’t restful
- cognitive issues (“fibro-fog”) such as difficulty concentrating and paying attention, memory problems, problems with staying alert
- depression and anxiety
- dry eyes
- bladder problems
How chiropractic care can help with fibromyalgia
Many people with fibromyalgia become disillusioned with standard medical care because the treatments that are available may not work for them or may have unwanted side effects. For example, some people worry about becoming reliant on painkillers to deal with the pain and would prefer a treatment that reduces their pain naturally. Chiropractic care can be a great option for this.
A chiropractor won’t be able to cure your fibromyalgia but they can help to reduce the symptoms of it to make it more manageable and so that it interferes in your life to a lesser extent. Chiropractic care is a holistic treatment method. Your chiropractor will look at your body as a whole with the knowledge that any problems in one area of your body will affect all of the other areas. And this approach works really well for fibromyalgia because there are so many interlocking elements to it.
Your chiropractor will take a comprehensive approach to treatment. For example, they may work on your muscle tightness using soft tissue massage and other methods. They can help to realign your spine using spinal adjustments so that your nervous system works at its optimal level and to ensure that your spine isn’t causing any referred pain. They will also be able to help with your sleep problems by giving your specific sleep advice and relaxation methods. And they can give you a nutrition and exercise plan that will help you stay healthy and active, giving your body the best chance to fight against fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat and even harder to live with. If you feel like you have exhausted all of your treatment options, or you’re worried about medication side effects, or even if you feel that your body needs something natural to help it heal, then seeing a chiropractor for your fibromyalgia could be the best decision for you. It won’t be able to make the fibromyalgia disappear, but it can certainly help you to get your quality of life back.