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The following is an article describing a patient enduring Fibromyalgia. Please call with any questions.
Chiropractic care has helped many people by reducing fibromyalgia symptoms and improving quality of life.
Current research suggests that fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system. People with fibromyalgia appear to have abnormalities in the chemical compounds (neurotransmitters) that transmit nerve impulses. They also have, on average, four times as much nerve growth factor as people without the disorder. This suggests that fibromyalgia is a problem of central nervous system hypersensitivity. Because chiropractic is based on the theory that an individual’s health is controlled by the state of his or her central nervous system, chiropractors, who are experts in this area, are especially well suited to help patients reduce their fibromyalgia symptoms.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome, and not a specific disease. This means that people who have fibromyalgia exhibit a specific constellation of symptoms. To have fibromyalgia, the individual must have widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body that lasts more or less continuously, for at least three months. The patient must also have pain in at least 11 of 18 tender points.
Based on the general and tender point evaluation, the chiropractor will make adjustments to the spine. The goal of these adjustments is to correct misalignment of the spine. Once the spine is correctly aligned, pain symptoms in any parts of the body, not just the spine and neck, should be reduced or disappear. When pain is reduced, other problems, such as disrupted sleep, fatigue, and depression, tend to disappear. The chiropractor may also suggest herbal or homeopathic treatments, or changes in diet, lifestyle, and sleep hygiene to improve your health.
Individuals with fibromyalgia may also experience other symptoms including:
• Morning stiffness
• Poor sleep or sleep disorders
• Chronic headaches
• Myofascial pain syndrome
• Restless leg syndrome
• Menstrual irregularities
• Muscle twitches and/or muscle weakness
• Fatigue
• Depression
• Anxiety