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Compassionate Care Through Personalized Fibromyalgia Treatment
“You hurt all over and you frequently feel exhausted. Even after numerous tests, your doctor can’t find anything specifically wrong with you.”
If this sounds familiar you may be suffering from symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments, and tendons; as well as fatigue and multiple tender points — places on your body where slight pressure causes pain. Fibromyalgia occurs in about 2% of the U.S. population. That being said, women are much more likely to develop the disorder than men, and the risk of fibromyalgia increases with age. Fibromyalgia symptoms often begin after a physical or emotional trauma, but in many cases, there appears to be no triggering event.
The American College of Rheumatology guidelines for making a fibromyalgia diagnosis requires pain at 11 out of 18 tender points on the body.
What Are the Risk Factors for Fibromyalgia?
Learning the risk factors for fibromyalgia can help those who are at risk and those who are displaying symptoms find prompt relief through various treatments and self-management strategies through self-care. While research is ongoing in determining the risk factors, the known risk factors include:
- Genetics – The Mayo Clinic reports that fibromyalgia may have genetic implications, as it tends to run in families, making certain people more susceptible to developing the condition.
- Age – Age plays an important role in the development of fibromyalgia. While this condition can affect people of all ages, diagnoses are more common among middle-aged people, and fibromyalgia becomes more common as you age.
- Health – People who have autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Lupus, or other illnesses and infections are at greater risk. This is because some illnesses have been shown to trigger the onset of fibromyalgia or even aggravate existing symptoms.
- Sex – As we mentioned, women are more susceptible to developing fibromyalgia — two times more likely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Injuries – Physical injuries, repetitive injuries, auto-related injuries, sports injuries, and putting stress on joints repeatedly may trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.
- Stressful Events/Emotional Trauma – Psychological stress, traumatic events, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can trigger the development of fibromyalgia.
- Obesity – Obesity and rapid weight gain place a lot of strain and stress on the spine, joints, and soft tissues in the body, which can trigger this condition, or aggravate symptoms.
Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia
Complementary and alternative therapies for pain and stress management aren’t new. Chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy have become more and more popular throughout the years, especially with people who have chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia.
Chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy treatments safely relieve stress, pain, and other symptoms, and are gaining acceptance in mainstream medicine due to their extremely high success rates in treating those that suffer from fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia Relief Through Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a Chinese medical system based on restoring a normal balance of life forces by stimulating different, but very specific points throughout the body. The stimulation of these specific points causes changes in blood flow and levels of neurotransmitters in the brain and spinal cord. Studies indicate that acupuncture helps relieve fibromyalgia symptoms in both the short and long term. At Adjust Your Health, we use a painless and extremely effective form of acupuncture known as no-needle acupuncture or electroacupuncture.
Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia Relief
Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of pain relief. With massage therapy by Raechel or Bianca, the circulation in your muscles will improve, thereby increasing the amount of nutrients that flood in and the waste that floods out. Therapeutic medical massage can help with heart rate, relieve pain, relax muscles, reduce tension, and improve motion within the joints.
Self-Care Techniques to Manage Fibromyalgia
Making a few changes to your daily routine, lifestyle, and habits can help you manage the symptoms you experience. Here are a few healthy tips to consider:
- Stay Active – Try a low-impact exercise like walking, riding your bike, or swimming.
- Exercise – Try aerobics, muscle strengthening, and yoga.
- Manage Stress and Anxiety – Meditate, schedule regular massages, or take a walk.
- Practice Good Sleep Habits – Maintain a routine sleep schedule.
- Aromatherapy – Use calming essential oils like lavender and peppermint.
- Avoid Eating Inflammatory Foods – Reduce or eliminate your intake of foods high in sodium, sugar, carbs, and saturated fats.
Let Your Chiropractor in Leawood Help You with Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Dr. Christina centers her treatment on the philosophy that restricted movement in the spine leads to pain and reduced function. Our compassionate chiropractor performs very specific gentle spinal adjustments to treat restricted spinal mobility through no-twist chiropractic care. Her goal is to restore spinal movement and as a result, improve function and decrease or completely eliminate pain. She has helped thousands of patients manage their fibromyalgia symptoms and live a pain-free life. Call today to set up a no-charge, no-obligation consultation with Dr.Christina to see why she is quickly becoming the fibromyalgia specialist for all of Johnson County. Also, set up an appointment with one of our massage therapists to learn how a combined treatment of chiropractic care and massage therapy may be your most beneficial care plan.
Check out the blog she recently wrote about Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care here.