Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain illness that causes tenderness in muscles, aches, fatigue and sleep problems. Other symptoms with varying intensities are chronic headaches, memory impairment, dizziness, dry mouth and eyes, impaired coordination, malaise, skin rashes, muscle pain after exertion, morning stiffness, jaw pain, irritable bowels and menstrual cramping and the pain usually occurs in the shoulders, neck, hands, back and pelvis. Fibromyalgia pain is difficult to live with but the condition does not permanently damage the muscles or joints. It sometimes occurs together with joint or muscle disease, so diagnosing it can be quite challenging.
This neurological disorder is not determinant on race or age, but a higher percentage of patients are women. People with autoimmune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or have recently had infectious diseases like Lyme’s disease are at higher chance of contracting fibromyalgia.
The condition is associated with eighteen specific tender joints of the body that are more painful when you directly press on them. Most researchers have agreed that fibromyalgia is a condition of the Central Nervous System (CNS). It may also be related to imbalances of chemicals and oversensitive nerves in the brain. Fibromyalgia patients have shown low levels of blood circulation to the thalamus, increased levels of phosphorus and abnormalities in the immune system.
How Can Chiropractic Help Fibromyalgia?
Chiropractic care is based on the principle that a person’s health is determined by the condition of the CNS and its relation to muscles and the spine, without the use of surgery or medication. Therefore, spinal manipulation would alleviate CNS abnormalities and increase blood flow and relieve the pressure on specific nerves.
The chiropractor can correct these physical abnormalities of the cervical region of the spinal cord and thus he or she is able to alleviate pain for these patients. Chiropractic treatment for fibromyalgia has few risks and offers immediate results and there is a high percentage of successful treatment for fibromyalgia. Chiropractic care has been ranked as among the therapeutic approaches that offers the most fibromyalgia relief.
Chiropractic treatment for fibromyalgia has emerged to be the most common treatment of this condition. It is effective since it improves pain levels and increases lumbar and cervical ranges of motion. The chiropractor works on increasing the mobility between the spinal vertebrae that have become locked, slightly out of position or restricted. Chiropractors achieve this by using hand adjustments. With stretching, gentle pressure and multiple gentle movements of one area, the doctor will be able to return the bones to normal position or motion. It is this return that is said to reduce the ill health and relieve pain.
Wellness Program for Fibromyalgia
The chiropractic doctor may also include massage in the treatment program. During massaging, the massage therapist uses a system of kneading, long strokes and friction techniques. With these, they massage the superficial layer of the muscles and this massage technique combines both active and passive movements of the joints. For deep massage, there is greater pressure in order to target the deep layers of the muscles. Neuromuscular massage can also be done to reduce soft tissue pain and chronic muscle. Apart from pain reduction, chiropractic massage is connected to mood elevation and improvement of the life of fibromyalgia patients.
Chiropractic Treatment in Toronto
Chiropractic Doctors have the training, knowledge and expertise to understand and manage fibromyalgia successfully. However, successful treatment requires the active participation of the patient. If you or someone you know has fibromyalgia, please give a call to Dr. Kris Dorken in our chiropractic office in Toronto on (416) 479 – 8311 to see how we can help you.