Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain, as well as additional pain at various ‘tender points’ on the body. This pain is usually associated with the muscles and may be accompanied by fatigue, morning ‘stiffness’, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. There is no known cause of fibromyalgia, but researchers believe that it could develop as the result of numerous factors working together, such as infections, genetic predisposition, physical trauma and emotional trauma.
Did you know…
that 5 million adults in the U.S. currently suffer from fibromyalgia? That represents approximately 2 percent of the adult population as of 2005. The majority of those suffering from the condition are women, with a female-male ratio of 7 to 1. However, anyone can develop fibromyalgia – including small children.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Could I be at risk for developing fibromyalgia?
Aside from a family history of fibromyalgia, having a rheumatic disease or simply being a woman can increase one’s risk for being diagnosed with the condition. Symptoms of fibromyalgia can include widespread pain that exhibits itself as a constant dull ache, chronic fatigue, and difficulty focusing or concentrating. Lifestyle modifications, such as regular exercise, limited caffeine intake, and stress-reducing habits can help minimize symptoms for fibromyalgia patients.
Should I see a chiropractor for my fibromyalgia?
While no alternative therapy for fibromyalgia should be pursued without the approval of a rheumatologist, chiropractic treatment can help manage fibromyalgia symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments have been found to relieve chronic pain as well as the neck pain, back pain, and leg cramps that are associated with fibromyalgia. Additionally, chiropractic treatment can help increase the quality of sleep in fibromyalgia patients.
What should I expect during my chiropractic appointment a Buffalo Grove Chiropractic & Wellness?
During your appointment, Dr. Garcia will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam. In some cases, diagnostic imaging such as x-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI may be required. Depending on your individual diagnosis, Dr. Garcia will develop a chiropractic treatment plan. For patients with fibromyalgia, a multidisciplinary approach with several different types of treatments is usually best. These treatments can include spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage, gently manipulating soft tissues, slowly stretching your joints, increasing your range of motion, or adjunctive therapies such as ultrasound or electrotherapy.