Chiropractic Relief for Fibromyalgia: Managing Widespread Pain
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a complex disorder characterized by pervasive musculoskeletal pain affecting the joints, muscles, tendons, and soft tissues throughout the body. It often accompanies additional symptoms such as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD), irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment, and sleep disturbances. This enigmatic and painful condition afflicts approximately three to five percent of the American population, with a higher prevalence among women.
Navigating the Diagnosis Challenge
Diagnosing FMS can be a daunting task, as there exists no specific laboratory test to confirm the disorder. Current diagnostic guidelines suggest that FMS may be identified when a person experiences widespread pain for over three months, devoid of any underlying medical condition.
Unraveling the Enigma
Beyond the distressing symptoms, one of the most vexing aspects of fibromyalgia is its elusive cause. Currently, medical professionals and experts believe that multiple factors contribute to the disorder, including:
Physical or emotional trauma/stress
The Chiropractic Connection
As chiropractors, we emphasize overall health and well-being, with a particular focus on stress management. Subluxations, which are misalignments of the vertebrae in the spine, can be triggered by the "three Ts": toxins, trauma, and thoughts (stress). These subluxations impede the optimal functioning of the nervous system, which comprises the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs, and a network of nerve cells and fibers transmitting signals throughout the body. When subluxations disrupt this vital communication between the brain and the body, various health issues may ensue. Chiropractors employ gentle spinal adjustments to alleviate these subluxations.
Research has established a link between chiropractic care and the management of fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain, fatigue, and sleep quality. One study discovered that "chiropractic management improved patients' cervical and lumbar ranges of motion, straight leg raise, and reported pain levels."
Combining Resistance Training and Chiropractic Care
A study conducted by Florida State University revealed that FMS patients who combined resistance training with chiropractic treatment twice a week experienced improvements in their symptoms, flexibility, balance, coordination, and endurance.
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