Can Chiropractic Help with Fibromyalgia Pain?
Fibromyalgia is a difficult to diagnose condition affecting 10 million Americans, mostly women. It’s characterized by widespread chronic pain that is difficult to treat, cognitive issues, chronic fatigue, digestive and urinary issues, sleeplessness, reproductive issues, and more.
Because the causes of fibromyalgia are not completely known, treatment can be tricky. The comprehensive pain makes it difficult for doctors to find effective treatments. Most of the time, fibromyalgia is treated with a variety of techniques.
Luckily, your fibromyalgia pain treatment can include chiropractic. Chiropractic care looks at the body holistically, considering how the body parts are interconnected. But can chiropractic help ease fibromyalgia pain?
How Does Fibromyalgia Cause Pain?
Before we discuss what exactly chiropractic treatments can do for your fibromyalgia, we must talk about fibromyalgia and how doctors believe it causes pain.
Unlike other chronic pain, fibromyalgia pain can fluctuate in location and intensity. Also, in fibromyalgia inflammation is usually not present. Doctors theorize fibromyalgia occurs when pain receptors in the brain respond incorrectly – often due to a trauma (either physical or mental) that has happened at some point in the patient’s life.
Fibromyalgia sufferers describe their pain as anything from throbbing to stabbing pain, waxing and waning throughout the day. They also describe heaviness in the limbs and severe fatigue. Repetitive actions can make fibromyalgia pain worse, so maintaining an exercise routine can be challenging.
Fibromyalgia treatments are as varied as the condition itself, but chiropractic treatment is increasingly common among fibromyalgia patients.
What Can Chiropractic Treatment Do?
If you visit a chiropractor for your fibromyalgia pain treatment, what can you expect?
Your chiropractor will perform an extensive examination to assess your needs before developing a treatment plan. For many fibromyalgia patients, they have found relief from persistent cramping and pain in their extremities through regular chiropractic adjustments.
Some fibromyalgia sufferers experience cervical spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows and the spinal cord is compressed in the vertebrae of your neck, causing pain and numbness. Your chiropractor can relieve some of this pressure by adjusting the neck.
Because fibromyalgia is systemic and can have varied symptoms, some sufferers like chiropractic’s holistic approach to pain relief and overall health. Treatment plans for fibromyalgia sufferers can include regular chiropractic treatments, fascia release and massage, at-home exercises and stretches, and dietary supplements.
Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that is difficult to diagnose and treat. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you can experience relief with the help of non-invasive, holistic chiropractic treatment.