Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia: What to Expect

Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia: What to Expect

If you live with the profound pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia, chances are you already know that the current medical treatments fall short. Many people don't get enough pain relief with medications, while others can't tolerate the side effects.

Luckily, you have options. The most effective therapy for fibromyalgia isn't medication — it's exercise. 

Our team at iMed Regeneration Center has helped many patients with fibromyalgia by combining chiropractic care, individualized exercises, therapeutic massage, and nutritional counseling.

Fibromyalgia explained

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that's defined by its hallmark symptoms of bodywide pain and fatigue. The list of possible symptoms includes:

Though fibromyalgia may have other causes waiting to be identified, we know that it's a neurological problem. As pain repeatedly stimulates your nerves, changes occur in brain chemicals and nerve pathways. These changes lead to hypersensitive nerves that amplify your pain.

The medications currently approved for treating fibromyalgia target the nervous system, balancing brain chemicals and easing nerve pain. But medications don't always help, and they come with side effects.

When you choose chiropractic care, you get better symptom relief without worrying about side effects from drugs.

Chiropractic care for fibromyalgia

Chiropractors, like Dr. Jason Keller here at iMed Regeneration Center, take a holistic approach to your health care. They understand how each area of your body affects the whole and treat all the issues that contribute to your pain. 

Their whole-person approach works especially well for conditions like fibromyalgia that cause bodywide pain. We create a treatment plan that may include any of the following:

Chiropractic adjustments

Realigning your spine restores your center of balance and supports the body's natural ability to offload stress and improve blood flow. Adjustments also take pressure off the spinal nerves, improving nerve function and easing the pain of hypersensitive nerves.

Chiropractic manipulation isn't just for your spine. We can target other painful areas of your body. For example, joint mobilization and extremity manipulation relax muscles, enhance circulation, and improve movement.

All these chiropractic approaches work together to give you relief from fibromyalgia symptoms.

Soft tissue manipulation

Soft tissue manipulation is a hands-on technique that improves your fibromyalgia pain by releasing tight, scarred connective tissues and relaxing muscles and trigger points (muscle knots).

You have a thin layer of connective tissue (fascia) that lines the inside of your abdomen and covers all your muscles and organs. The fascia surrounding your muscles can become damaged, develop scarring, and tighten. Then you develop a constant aching pain or pain when you move and pull on the fascia.

You may develop this problem in addition to fibromyalgia. It's also possible that damaged fascia contributes to fibromyalgia. Either way, chiropractic care can include one of several techniques that releases the fascia and alleviates your pain.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation

Even when you're in pain, exercise is an essential part of your fibromyalgia treatment. The movement brings healing oxygen and nutrients to tissues throughout your body

Physical rehabilitation strengthens muscles and prevents the muscle loss that rapidly occurs when pain stops you from staying active.

In addition to overcoming widespread pain, exercise builds energy and promotes your overall health. Your physical therapy and rehabilitation may also include other treatments for fibromyalgia, such as massage therapy and posture training.

Nutritional recommendations

Your body can't produce energy, heal, or support your health without a specific supply of vitamins, minerals, and calories. 

When you have a chronic health condition like fibromyalgia, your body uses more calories and nutrients than usual. As a result, you can quickly develop a nutritional deficiency, especially when pain and fatigue take away your appetite.

We evaluate your diet, create a balanced meal plan, and recommend supplements when needed to replenish your nutrients.

If you struggle with fibromyalgia and want to learn how chiropractic can help, call us at iMed Regeneration Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, or book an appointment online today.

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