Fibromyalgia is a disabling condition of the myofascia, or the fibrous connective tissues that surround muscles. Fibromyalgia is an epidemic diagnosis and continues to grow, the most affected group is women from the age of 30 – 50.
What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
- Chronic muscle and joint pain, muscle stiffness, leg cramps
- Painful trigger points – small penny-sized tender spots scattered over the body in 18 specific target areas.
- Unrefreshing sleep, insomnia, depression, anxiety
- Fatigue, sometimes overwhelming, increased sensitivity to drugs, chemicals, foods, light and/or sound, changes in temperature
- Difficulty concentrating
- Numbness or tingling of arms, legs or feet
- Irritable bowel, irritable bladder
What causes Fibromyalgia?
Most researchers believe fibromyalgia is caused by a combination of factors, which may include genetic predisposition, stress, trauma, and chemical or hormonal imbalances. A deficiency of the neurotransmitter serotonin, responsible for its calming, anti-anxiety properties has been highly implicated, especially since women have lower serotonin levels than men, and patients given SSRI medication (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Zoloft, Cymbalta or Lyrica have shown improvements in Fibromyalgia symptoms.
How does my Chiropractor treat Fibromyalgia?
At Oakland Spine & Rehabilitation Center we treat fibromyalgia with a multi-pronged approach which includes regular spinal manipulation to promote optimal body balance, blood flow and endorphin production (the body’s own natural painkiller); physical therapy to increase endurance and flexibility; and application of our deep tissue laser therapy therapy to tender areas to alleviate pain and promote healing and well-being. Diet and lifestyle concerns are addressed, as well as techniques to achieve restful sleep and stress reduction.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
While nobody is sure exactly what causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it is believed that more than one million Americans suffer from the illness. Depending on your individual circumstances, your chiropractor may be able to provide symptomatic relief through a variety of different methods including spinal manipulation, physical therapy, and customized exercise programs. Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include: