Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that can involve widespread, debilitating muscle and joint pain, and fatigue. It is known for interfering with even the simplest of daily activities. Other symptoms can be headaches, migraines, sleep disturbances, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Women are ten times more likely than men to have fibromyalgia. Over 25% of sufferers report that their symptoms began during childhood.
Many researchers now believe that the primary cause of Fibromyalgia is a breakdown in the normal function of the central nervous system, altering how a person perceives pain. Many people who suffer from Fibromyalgia had previous trauma, injury, or impacts, which damaged the spinal joints, nerves, and muscles. The trauma can be flexion/hyperextension (whiplash) injuries from automobile crashes, and can also occur as a result of repetitive tasks from certain occupations. These traumas can cause postural distortions and subluxations (misalignments) which trigger the nervous system to overreact. These neurological disturbances can affect muscle function, blood flow, and sleep. The peripheral pain and tenderness of Fibromyalgia are simply the symptoms resulting from this nerve interference. This is now described by Dr. Chan Gunn as “supersensitivity”, which describes an increase in a person’s perception of pain.
The challenge with this condition is that there is almost no way to diagnose Fibromyalgia from routine medical testing. Many doctors are frustrated by how to diagnose and manage this condition. According to the journal Advances in Pain Research and Therapy, the average Fibromyalgia patient suffers for five years and spends thousands of dollars before they receive a diagnosis. As a result of misdiagnosis, more than half of all patients undergo unnecessary surgery. Current research (Chronic Muscle Pain Syndrome, Villard Books) finds that the pharmaceutical approach does not help Fibromyalgia. Medications often leave the patient suffering from numerous side effects, and can magnify the suffering they already experience.
Chiropractic adjustments improve alignment, motion, and posture, and are essential to improving Fibromyalgia. At Chiropractic Arts Center of Austin, P.C., we have had tremendous success in helping sufferers of Fibromyalgia, working with the natural ability the body has to heal itself. We will begin with a detailed consultation, examination, and x-rays (except in inappropriate situations), so that we know exactly what your problem is. We would also rule out any conditions which would not be appropriate for care in our office and direct you to the right provider for you. We want to know what your goals are and what you would like to do that you are currently missing out on. With the information we find upon your visit, combined with your goals, we will create a customized care plan to correct the problem. Your health is our primary concern!
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