What is Fibromyalgia?

In the last 20 years, fibromyalgia has become a prevalent diagnosis. It is also one of the most common misdiagnosed conditions. Fibromyalgia is a long term chronic disease that seems to be a “catch-all” diagnosis for all too many people. When the treating physician doesn’t know exactly how to categorize a patient’s condition, all too often they land on fibromyalgia. This chronic condition usually presents with widespread joint and muscle pain, areas of tenderness and/or general fatigue. Since these symptoms cannot be measured through specific tests and are subjective to the individual, there is no clear cause of fibromyalgia. Technically, for a true diagnosis of fibromyalgia, the person needs to have 18 different points on their body to have been in constant pain for more than three months.

Because this standard is not adhered to by many treating physicians, people are wrongly diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Below are some symptoms those with fibromyalgia may experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sleeping for long periods without feeling rested
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Inability to focus or difficulty paying attention
  • Pain or dull aching in the lower abdomen

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those with Fibromyalgia?

Routine chiropractic care provides patients with fibromyalgia an option that is a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), which are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain and swelling.

Chiropractic care is designed to locate and correct spinal misalignments that are interfering with the proper function of the nervous system, commonly known as Vertebral Subluxation. Chiropractors deliver a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive procedure, known as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine to reduce inflammation and improve the function of both the affected spinal joints and most importantly, the nervous system. By increasing spinal joint mobility and improving your nervous system function, your body has the ability to better manage itself and can help reduce the symptoms caused by Fibromyalgia.

Below are some of the health benefits chiropractic care can provide patients with fibromyalgia:

  • Reduced pain and discomfort
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Improved range of motion
  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle tone and strength

To see if chiropractic care is right for you, Dr. Auger will perform a consultation, examination, and if necessary, take x-rays on site. Based on the findings of your chiropractic examination, Dr. Auger will be able to determine if Vertebral Subluxations exist in your spine. If you have this condition, then we can help improve the quality of your life!

Schedule an appointment with us today.

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