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Posted on 07-08-2014
Coping with Fibromyalgia: How Pain Management Helps
If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed, worried and anxious about this diagnosis. Chronic fibromyalgia pain and exhaustion can be incredibly debilitating. The good news is that there are effective treatment alternatives beyond traditional pain medication. For example, if your pain is related to a muscle or joint condition, chiropractic care can make a big difference for your overall health.
How Chiropractic Care Benefits Fibromyalgia Pain Relief
Below, our Sarasota chiropractor answers your top questions about how chiropractic care can help provide natural fibromyalgia pain relief.
#1: How is chiropractic care beneficial for fibromyalgia pain relief?
Fibromyalgia is characterized by a cluster of symptoms, including widespread pain and tenderness at multiple points along the body. While the exact cause for fibromyalgia pain is not fully understood, research suggests that the brain may amplify pain signals from the nervous system, which in turn increases the body’s sensitivity to environmental stimuli. A misalignment in the musculoskeletal system can impact the central nervous system’s ability to send and receive messages from the brain. Chiropractic adjustments are an effective, non-invasive treatment for restoring proper alignment to the spine, which alleviates pressure on the nerves and may help to reduce pain.
#2: How does chiropractic care treat chronic fatigue?
Adjustments may also be beneficial for alleviating fibromyalgia symptoms like fatigue, chronic headaches, sleep disorders, jaw pain and morning stiffness. By removing blockages to the central nervous system, adjustments improve communication between the brain and internal organs. This enhances whole body health.
#3: What other alternative treatment options are available?
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, our Sarasota chiropractor may recommend a combination of lifestyle changes and nutritional counseling to better manage your fibromyalgia symptoms. For example, while traditional gym-based exercises can exacerbate symptoms, exercises that focus on mild stretching in conjunction with breathing techniques (e.g., yoga, Pilates), can be very beneficial for our patients’ overall health. Dietary changes can also make a big difference.
Have you tried pain management in Sarasota to address your fibromyalgia symptoms?
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