Fibromyalgia, characterized by a widespread muscle pain or weakness, affects more than 5 million people a year in the United States. With the most well-known treatment for the disease being medications such as Cymbalta and Lyrica, some sufferers are looking for different approaches for their overall pain management. Chiropractic care is emerging as an effective treatment for the pain and stiffness associated with Fibromyalgia.
While it may take several sessions, chiropractors aim to realign the vertebrae and thereby repair any chemical imbalance in the brain and spinal fluid that trigger pain. These sessions can range from a simple alignment to a full spinal, hip, and joint adjustment. It can often help with overall muscle pain, tension, and even the fatigue that is associated with Fibromyalgia.
The theory is that by utilizing chiropractic care, the muscles are forced to work in their best capacity. This is achieved when proper alignment of the spine and joints reduces inflammation and tension in the muscles. The nerves associated with the spine help to create a chemical balance in the brain so that pain is less obtrusive.
It isn’t a cure and it certainly isn’t a quick fix for Fibromyalgia, chiropractic care can help provide pain management on a consistent level. This type of therapy can be combined with a Fibromyalgia care plan to help the overall daily management of the debilitating disease.
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- Chiromatrix, 2013
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