Individuals who have fibromyalgia have come to hate the term. While fibromyalgia is a way to describe physical pain, there is little understanding or agreement as to what causes the pain and how to fix it. Yet, every 1 in 50 Americans, mostly women, have fibromyalgia pain that complicates their day to day lives. In fact, much of the pain can cause problems that hinders even normal daily activities. But with traditional medicine at a current dead end in how to treat fibromyalgia pain, that leaves millions of Americans at a loss of what to do.
Unfortunately, all too often, we see patients who come to us here at Progressive Health and Rehab for help from a chiropractor as a last resort. But you don’t have to struggle on your own in order to find relief. Many individuals have found that a multi-pronged approach to pain management, often with the help of pharmaceutical medications, will provide them with the relief that they seek. Combining traditional and non-traditional forms of treatment can often be the difference between success and continued chronic pain. Don’t go to your local chiropractor in Gahanna as a last resort; let us help you along your journey to pain relief in some of the following ways.
Adjustments for Whole Body Health
One of the main techniques, though not the only one a chiropractor will use, is manual adjustments of the spine and other joints. The thought is that by correcting misalignments and other problems with spine, you will help reduce other impingements in the nervous system that can be influencing the fibromyalgia pain. Additionally, chiropractic care can help improve range of motion, flexibility, and mobility in many joints, which in turn, can improve your overall health and mood, reducing pain. This continual improvement forward will allow the body to heal itself by providing it the initial boost it needed.
Ischemic compression is a technique that is used more often in physical therapy or targeted massage, but can also be used in chiropractic treatments. This process is when blood flow is manually restricted from a certain area of the body that is experiencing pain and then allowed to resurge into the area. Much like adding ice packs and then alternating with heat, the idea is that you will get improved blood flow in the area that is causing you pain. In some smaller studies, around 60 percent of patients treated with this protocol saw a reduction in pain as well as improved sleep, and decreased overall fatigue.
Suggested Future Study
While there are many individuals who have found some pain relief from seeing a chiropractor, there is little research in the area of fibromyalgia. This is definitely an area that needs future study. However, the best advice that we can give is that you find what works for you. For some people, the new medications on the market help, for others it’s massage, and even more individuals chiropractic care can make a big difference in their daily lives. Contact Progressive Health and Rehab today to schedule an appointment and keep moving on your journey of pain relief.