Fibromyalgia, a chronic, sometimes disabling, condition that causes fatigue and widespread muscle aches, often responds well to chiropractic treatment. In addition to constant dull pain, patients who suffer from fibromyalgia have specific points on their bodies that are sensitive to even minimal pressure. These tender spots may be present in the back, neck, shoulders and chest, or along the inner knees. Because in many cases conventional medical treatment does not provide sufficient relief, many patients with fibromyalgia turn to chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia
All chiropractic treatments are designed to increase energy flow throughout the nervous system and reduce inflammation, not only providing immediate relief but breaking the cycle of pain to provide long-term benefits. Chiropractic treatment of fibromyalgia may include some or all of the following techniques:
- Manual vertebral adjustments
- Gentle stretching
- High-velocity thrusts
- Deep-tissue massage
- Trigger-point therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation
Chiropractors also recommend that patients eat healthfully, engage in regular exercise, and find ways to reduce stress in their everyday lives.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia
Muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves are all affected by misalignment in the spinal column, so manual adjustments of the vertebrae affect pain pathways throughout the body. Manipulating the spinal column into proper alignment alleviates compression and allows for appropriate movement of the cervical and lumbar vertebrae, helping to relieve the pain of fibromyalgia and restore range of motion.