What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in areas of the body. Pain associated with fibromyalgia is often described as a constant dull ache & pain that lasts for at least three months. The pain is typically widespread and may affect the muscles, tendons, and ligaments throughout the body, especially in areas such as the neck, shoulders, back, and hips. Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 4 million adults in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with women being more commonly affected than men.
How can chiropractic care help fibromyalgia?
Chiropractic care can help alleviate symptoms associated with fibromyalgia by addressing spinal misalignments and improving overall nervous system function. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques, including spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapies, and physical therapy to help improve mobility and relieve pain. These techniques can help improve circulation, reduce muscle tension and inflammation which can all help to alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia. You chiropractor may also suggest lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation, light exercise and nutritional changes to help manage fibromyalgia symptoms.
Can Inner Health Chiropractic help?
While chiropractic care isn’t a cure for fibromyalgia, many people do find that chiropractic care helps to alleviate their symptoms and thus improve their overall quality of life. If you’re considering chiropractic care for fibromyalgia, it’s important to work with a qualified chiropractor who has experience working with patients with fibromyalgia and can develop a customized treatment plan based on your individual needs.