Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness characterized by tenderness in the muscles, fatigue, sleep disorders, and other symptoms. The symptoms are substantial enough to disrupt your daily activities. The pain is localized in the neck, shoulders, back, hands, and pelvis and is experienced in various intensities and frequencies. Fibromyalgia symptoms may come and go, which makes diagnosing and treating the illness difficult. Fibromyalgia affects all races and ages, but women make up a higher percentage of the diagnosed cases. The likelihood of getting Fibromyalgia increases with age. In addition, people who have been diagnosed with infectious disorders such as Lupus, Lyme’s disease, or autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis are more likely to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.
Diagnosing Fibromyalgia is difficult due the inconsistency of its symptoms. They come and go without warning. The symptoms are specific, however, with regard to where they are located. Fibromyalgia is associated with 18 specific tender points on the body. These points are painful when they are pressed on. People inflicted with Fibromyalgia are also more susceptible to symptoms of anxiety and depression. All of these symptoms increase in cold weather and when the patient is under severe emotional stress.
How can chiropractic help?
Patients with Fibromyalgia report waking many times per night due to the pain. This reduces the amount of deep sleep, which the body needs to repair itself. The combination of the disease and the reduced sleep produces headaches, restless legs syndrome, dizziness, and impaired coordination. Chiropractic care reduces many of these symptoms by restoring proper functionality of the central nervous system.
Patients who undergo chiropractic treatment experience a significant reduction in the duration and frequency of pain symptoms and a dramatic improvement in the quantity and quality of sleep. Patients also report feeling more energized as a result of treatment. Since the patient is able to get more sleep, symptoms of depression tend to decrease as well.
There is no cure for Fibromyalgia. Many people inflicted with Fibromyalgia take pain medication to assist with the pain. These medications can cause dependency and addiction. Chiropractic care treats the symptoms of Fibromyalgia through natural treatments, thereby reducing the patient’s reliance on addictive pain medications. If you are afflicted with this debilitating condition, give a chiropractor a call and begin treatment today.
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