Very few conditions are as unexplained a fibromyalgia, a syndrome categorized by long-term pain with no apparent cause that radiates throughout the body. The pain is usually concentrated in the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues, and the condition may also cause excessive fatigue, depression, anxiety and and headaches. Currently, there is no known cause or explanation for how or why fibromyalgia develops.
As a person living with the condition, it can be extremely frustrating and disheartening dealing with a condition that so little is known about. Very few treatments have been developed specifically for fibromyalgia, and many people living with it have found themselves being prescribed a small pharmacy’s worth of medications to combat their symptoms. From muscle relaxers and pain relievers to antidepressants and sleep aids, most fibromyalgia treatment is focused on masking the symptoms rather than alleviating them all together.
While chiropractic care may not offer a cure for fibromyalgia, it does offer a safe, gentle and noninvasive treatment that is a welcome alternative for those who do not want to deal with taking a myriad of medications every day. Chiropractic care has been found to be very effective at alleviating the chronic pain, improving mood quality and improving the overall quality of life of people suffering from the condition. If you are living with fibromyalgia, chiropractic medicine may be able to help you in ways other forms of medicine have not.
Chiropractic medicine is focused on the spine. More specifically, it deals with the nerves and nerve receptors housed within the spine. Nerves play a vital role in how your body functions. They send message from your brain to your limbs, which enables you to move, speak, drink and complete virtually every action you do throughout your day. At the same time, they send messages of pain from the limbs back to the brain, which is what enables you to feel pain. Some experts think that fibromyalgia is caused by an overactive nervous system constantly sending such signals. While this has not been exclusively proven, it is one of the leading theories and is worthy of consideration.
Chiropractic care can help restore your nervous system to proper functioning through spinal manipulation. A chiropractor will feel your spine, looking for any subluxations. Subluxations occur when the spine is misaligned, which places stress and strain on your nerves. Your chiropractor will then gently move your vertebrae back into proper alignment, relieving the stress off the nerves, allowing them to properly communicate signals between your body and your brain.
Many people with fibromyalgia also suffer from upper cervical spinal stenosis, a condition that causes the upper coverings of the spine to be compressed. This compression causes severe pain to radiate throughout the body. If you have upper cervical spinal stenosis, a chiropractor can decompress your upper spine to alleviate the pain.
Chiropractic medicine doesn’t necessarily offer a cure for fibromyalgia, but numerous studies since the mid 1980s have shown that fibromyalgia patients felt that chiropractic visits alleviated their pain and improved their quality of life more than most other treatment options. If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, contact your local Bluestone Chiropractic Group office today to see how one of our skilled chiropractors can help you manage your disease.
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