What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia causes widespread body pain, insomnia, stiffness and tenderness at certain points on the body. It can also cause severe headaches and migraines and interfere with digestion. Many individuals with fibromyalgia complain of mental fogginess and chronic exhaustion.
The exact causes of fibromyalgia are not known. However, it is theorized that the disease may be caused by an aggravation or agitation of the fascia, which is a thin layer of connective tissue that spans the muscles, organs and soft tissues. It contains many tiny nerves that can become aggravated. Other suspected causes of fibromyalgia include poor diet, high stress, mycoplasma infections, certain chemicals in processed foods, and vitamin deficiencies.
Fibromyalgia Pain Relief
The most common symptom of fibromyalgia is pain, and fibromyalgia is diagnosed after an individual has experienced widespread body pain for at least three months with no other causes for the pain. Doctors also check specific points on the body for tenderness, including areas along the neck, shoulders and upper and lower back. There are no blood tests that can diagnose fibromyalgia. The diagnosis typically occurs after other similar illnesses are ruled out. Thankfully, fibromyalgia pain relief is possible via chiropractic care.
Our chiropractor in Gahanna can diagnose your fibromyalgia and recommend a course of treatment for your specific symptoms and needs. We use a holistic medicine approach to fibromyalgia treatment that usually includes a combination of chiropractic adjustments, nutrition counselling, lifestyle advice, and corrective exercises.
Chiropractic adjustments can help fibromyalgia patients by relieving the pressure on the spine and extremity joints, and the adjustments have been proven to reduce lower back pain, and lessen the severity and frequency of headaches.
Alternative Options to Help Your Symptoms
Corrective exercises can help by strengthening core and extremity muscles and muscles that are injured. Sprains and strains of the back, neck and shoulders and weak muscles can make fibromyalgia symptoms worse.
Our lifestyle advice helps you make the right decisions for your particular ailments. We may instruct you on alternative ways to perform tasks so that your symptoms are not exasperated. Quitting smoking and drinking can also improve your health and reduce your pain.
Improving your nutrition can lessen the pain of fibromyalgia. By eliminating certain foods and processed ingredients, increasing the amount of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats can help increase your energy and balance your body. Proper nutrition also gives your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to function properly.
Utilizing all of these treatment options can greatly reduce your fibromyalgia symptoms so that you can lead a normal, active life.
Our chiropractor in Gahanna can help you with pain management for your fibromyalgia. Alternative chiropractic wellness therapies can help lower your pain, increase your energy and help you sleep better at night. These treatment options may also lower your dependence on pain medications and anti-inflammatories, which can be habit-forming if taken for an extended period of time.
If you need help managing your fibromyalgia pain and exhaustion, please call our office at (614) 471-5442.