Conditions with chronic pain can drain the joy from life and fibromyalgia ranks high on that “no fun” list. Fibromyalgia involves pain and sensitivity throughout the body, often accompanied by fatigue, disturbed sleep, mood swings and an autoimmune disease.
While it may seem like a rare disorder, one you may have heard about only 10 to 12 years ago, it’s actually quite widespread. Approximately 1.5% of the population in Canada (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4939456/) reported symptoms of fibromyalgia in 2010, with women and adults over 40 years old making up the majority of sufferers.
If you’ve been diagnosed with this condition, you may be looking for ways to manage (and decrease) the pain you feel all the time, without overloading on pills. Since science has not found a definitive cause of fibromyalgia, and there is no cure, finding a successful pain management program is key to getting on with life.
Increasingly, fibromyalgia sufferers are seeking treatments like acupuncture, massage and chiropractic to ease and reduce the pain fibromyalgia causes. Never been to a chiropractor or even considered chiropractic? Chiropractors treat the body as a connected system. When your nervous system (connected to the spine) isn’t functioning properly, bones, muscles, joints and tendons aren’t working right either. When your spine is strong and aligned, your body is strong. Chiropractors help restore balance through adjustments and manipulations.
As people turn to chiropractic to help live with fibromyalgia, they’re finding that adjustments and manipulations to their neck and spine relieve pain throughout the rest of their bodies. These adjustments and manipulations provide benefits such as better range of motion, increased blood flow (releasing toxins and promoting muscle healing), increased production of endorphins, (the body’s natural painkiller) and better pain tolerance.
A number of studies have analyzed the benefits of chiropractic care in treating those with fibromyalgia. One study asked fibromyalgia patients which drug or alternative treatments best relieved the pain. Chiropractic scored very high as a treatment of choice.
Don’t settle for living with the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. Consider getting relief through chiropractic and put the joy back in life. After all, all you have to lose is the pain. (Consult your primary care physician before starting any new treatment plan.)
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