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Coping with Fibromyalgia

Chiropractic Can Help Lesson Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a debilitating and much too common myofascial condition. People afflicted with fibromyalgia often mention they have pain all over their body, seem tired all the time, feel depressed and sleep poorly. Those suffering from fibromyalgia find it difficult to get lasting relief from medical doctors and most have tried many different therapies with only a few success stories.

Scientists and researchers have found that Fibromyalgia effects the central nervous system causing normal neurochemicals to become abnormal and do not transmit nerve impulses correctly. It wasn’t until 1987 that the AMA (American Medical Association) recognized Fibromyalgia as a true physical disorder. Due to a lack of specific treatment procedures and tests, some healthcare providers still do not address Fibromyalgia as a positive finding on a physical examination and assume it as psychological or emotional stress.

Chiropractic treatment has shown great success in treating Fibromyalgia with spinal adjustments and nutritional support. Chiropractors have been treating the symptoms of Fibromyalgia before the term originated.

Since, the main purpose of chiropractic is to maintain central nervous system balance and improve overall body functions it is the ideal treatment for Fibromyalgia.

Many times Fibromyalgia goes unnoticed or undiagnosed by healthcare providers and may take as long as five years for the individual to get information on this disorder. Chiropractors can diagnose this and may other musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.

After the chiropractor diagnoses the neurological and musculoskeletal abnormalities, the patient will receive gentle spinal manipulations at the site of neurological impairment and spinal misalignment. Once the patient’s spine is more symmetrical and aligned properly, the patient will have reduced pain along with more restful sleep and less fatigue.

Proper nutrition is always recommended with lifestyle changes and better sleeping habits. There is no cure for Fibromyalgia, but there is hope with chiropractic.

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Fibromyalgia is an Often Misunderstood Illness

Doctors don’t understand very much yet about Fibromyalgia. Because of this, it often takes years for this illness to be properly diagnosed. Fibromyalgia typically affects women. Because Fibromyalgia causes chronic pain, many people who suffer from this illness also experience anxiety and depression. They can also have difficulty concentrating. They may have headaches or sensitivity to light and loud noises. Because Fibromyalgia has few visible symptoms, it is sometimes difficult for family members to understand.

At Back In Action Chiropractors, our doctors have been helping Flagler County residents with Fibromyalgia since 2002. One of our goals is to help these patients sleep better by entering all 4 stages of sleep. We have found that by gently unlocking the top vertebrae in the spine, our patients seem to be able to enter into a deeper sleep at night. This helps their bodies to heal and repair better. Then they don’t feel as tired. Their muscles don’t feel fatigued. They can accomplish more during the day and spend quality time with their loved ones.

Many of our Fibromyalgia patients are on maintenance and wellness treatment plans. They tell us when they suspect that their illness is about to exacerbate (or “flare up”) so we can quickly get them back on the path to wellness.

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