Studies say fibromyalgia affects between 3-6 million Americans. For reasons the medical community doesn’t know, it primarily affects women. Symptoms include tenderness in at least 11 points throughout your body, decreased mobility and fatigue. It’s a difficult disease to diagnose.
Many people with fibromyalgia have trouble sleeping, experience brain fog, and chronic headaches among other symptoms. In many cases, it can take years to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to other diseases.
Treating fibromyalgia successfully is usually a multi-part effort. Massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care are all effective approaches to this painful disease with or without conventional medicine.
How a Chiropractor Helps
Besides the chronic pain, one of the hallmarks of fibromyalgia is stiffness in your back. Fibromyalgia causes your muscles to stiffen and you lose range of movement. As a result, you move less because it hurts or is difficult, then, the muscles get tighter and you are in more pain.
You can break this cycle with chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care will help you increase your range of movement and reduce pain. The reason why is regular chiropractic care adjusts your spine which helps it to stay mobile. Combine this with massage and regular stretching and most fibromyalgia patients feel relief.
Dr. Frederick Wolfe, University of Kansas School of Medicine has studied the effects of chiropractic care and fibromyalgia. His study asked fibromyalgia patients whether drugs or alternative therapies relieved their pain. The findings? Chiropractic care & lifestyle changes were more effective than medications.
Prescriptions have their place and you may feel they’re necessary for your immediate pain management. However, in the long term, medication only treats the symptoms. In other words, you’re not healing, simply treating the pain.
Good chiropractic care could help you heal. Studies show it relieves the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia as well as helps you feel less fatigue and get a higher quality of sleep.
If you’re suffering from the pain of fibromyalgia, discover how McQuaite Chiropractic can help you feel better and embrace your life.