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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

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Chiropractic Care Provides Multiple Benefits

Chiropractic care is a holistic method of healing which uses noninvasive methods to balance the function of both the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system.  Chiropractic care gives your body the best chance to recover from many complex problems.

Chiropractic care is an important component of the management of multisystemic disorders such as fibromyalgia.

By restoring more normal function to the patient's nervous system, chiropractic care unleashes powerful and natural healing forces. The result is a body whose parts are now working together instead of against each other. As the body heals, pain and symptoms often will naturally begin to reduce and resolve.

The condition of fibromyalgia creates many challenges for a person with this disorder. These challenges often go far beyond the characteristic chronic pain which alone can be potentially debilitating. Those with fibromyalgia have pain in many locations and the presence of multiple pain sites is often confusing to their doctor or doctors. Family physicians, internists, endocrinologists, and even pain management specialists and rheumatologists often have great difficulty in comprehending the full extent of fibromyalgia and the serious health and well-being issues that are caused by the disorder.

Persons with fibromyalgia have so many symptoms that an uninformed physician may find it easier to refer such patients to a psychologist or psychiatrist. But the physical symptoms of fibromyalgia are very real. The sufferers have widespread pain on a chronic basis.  Many fibromyalgia patients complain of increased fatigue, sleep disturbances, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, joint stiffness, and cognitive dysfunction - commonly referred to as "brain fog".  Depression is also very common in those with fibromyalgia.

Because there are usually so many chronic symptoms involved, fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to treat. Such patients are typically taking multiple medications, often prescribed by multiple specialists attempting to combat the problems that fall within their particular branch of medicine - such as pain management, rheumatology, and psychology/psychiatry.

Despite taking several medications on a long-term basis, most fibromyalgia patients tend not to improve. Depression and chronic pain take a profound toll, and daily living becomes quite burdensome. Many fibromyalgia patients despair of ever finding even a partial solution.

Attempts to address the problems of fibromyalgia by just treating the symptoms often fail. As the physiologic causes of the disorder are unknown, holistic approaches, such as Chiropractic treatment, have a much greater likelihood of positive outcomes.  To successfully address this systems-wide disorder, a multidisciplinary approach including Chiropractic care, nutritional recommendations, and  psychological counseling is recommended, along with a gradual increase in physical activity and exercise.(1, 2, 3)

1Schneiderr M, et al: Chiropractic management of fibromyalgia syndrome: a systematic review of the literature. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 32(1):25-40, 2009
2Hauser W, et al: Guidelines on the management of fibromyalgia syndrome. A systematic review. Eur J Pain 14(1):5-10, 2010
3Busch AJ, et al: Exercise for fibromyalgia: a systematic review. J Rheumatol 35(6):1130-1144, 2008

The doctors of Millar Chiropractic have many years of experience treating patients with fibromyalgia.  For Information or Appointments at any office call
Toll Free 1-800 Go Chiro 1-800 462-4476

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