If you suffer the widespread pain associated with fibromyalgia, you are not alone. More than 5 million adults in the United States have the condition, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and diffuse tenderness throughout the body. Other symptoms can develop, such as cognitive and memory problems commonly referred to as “fibro fog.” Sleep disturbances, headaches, morning stiffness, tingling or numbness of the extremities, and sensitivity to temperature, loud noises, or bright lights may also occur. The word “fibromyalgia” comes from the Latin terms for fibrous tissue (fibro), muscle (myo) and pain (algia).
Patients with certain medical conditions may be more likely to have fibromyalgia. These conditions include rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and spinal arthritis.
While children and men can develop fibromyalgia, 80 to 90 percent of cases are in women. Most patients receive the diagnosis of fibromyalgia when they are middle aged, although symptoms may be present earlier in life.
Medical researchers are still working to understand the underlying causes of fibromyalgia. In some cases, symptoms of fibromyalgia begin after physical trauma, repetitive injuries, infection, surgery or significant psychological stress. In other cases, the symptoms of fibromyalgia develop without a triggering event. People with fibromyalgia may have other coexisting pain conditions, such as chronic fatigue syndrome inflammatory bowel disease, or endometriosis.
Fibromyalgia causes neuromusculoskeletal symptoms, which means it causes symptoms affecting the nerves, muscles and bones of the body. The neuromusculoskeletal nature of fibromyalgia makes it especially receptive to chiropractic treatments.
Chiropractic Treatment for Fibromyalgia Pain
Chiropractic treatment can alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms, including widespread pain, by optimizing the position and condition of the nerves, muscles and bones of the body. Injuries and other trauma can cause soft tissue swelling and misalignment of bones, especially the bones in the spine known as vertebrae, which can press against nerves. In response to this pressure, nerves send messages of pain to the brain.
Chiropractic care includes realignment of bones, including the vertebrae, to relieve pressure on the nerves and stop the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Our chiropractor can diagnose fibromyalgia and provide chiropractic treatments to alleviate symptoms.
If you have fibromyalgia and experience widespread pain and other symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Hanna at Matthews Family Chiropractic. Our chiropractors have the expertise and experience necessary to diagnose and treat fibromyalgia. Our office is conveniently located at 9808 Northeast Parkway in Matthews, NC, just outside of metropolitan Charlotte, North Carolina. Make your appointment today by calling (704) 845-0699.