What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. But also has fatigue. Lastly, it is noted with multiple tender points.  These “tender points” refer to sensitivity that occurs in precise localized areas. First place they are noted is the neck.  Secondly they are found in the spine.  Thirdly in the shoulders.  Finally in the hips.  People with this syndrome may also experience other issues.  First is sleep disturbances. Secondly with morning stiffness.  Third can be with irritable bowel syndrome. Lastly seen with anxiety and other symptoms.

Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia

The current criteria for a fibromyalgia diagnosis includes:

1) widespread joint and muscle pain that has been present for at least three months and

2) pain at 11 or more of the 18 specific tender/trigger points when the areas are pressed.

Other symptoms that are less common but can occur are constipation or diarrhea. Secondly headaches are noted.  Third difficulty concentrating has been seen.   Lastly, tingling sensation in the hands and severe or excessive fatigue.

Chiropractic Care and Fibromyalgia

Though the cause and cure is not yet known, studies suggest that chiropractic care can help provide relief.

A recent study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics stated that more than 60% of the participants who underwent thirty chiropractic treatments showed significant reductions in pain intensity and improvement of their overall fatigue and quality of sleep.

Your chiropractor will take a comprehensive approach. First with an evaluation.  Then you will receive a a specific care plan.  Nutrition, exercise and regular chiropractic adjustments have all shown to play a role in reducing pain and other symptoms, while improving whole body health.  Schedule an appointment today to discuss  care options with your chiropractor.


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