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A diagnosis of fibromyalgia is given only when all other options have been exhausted.
Many practitioners are at a loss for treatment of this condition. Today, there is hope for these patients. Huge strides have been taken to preserve health and help treat the extreme symptoms these people face.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and multiple tender points. These “tender points” refer to sensitivity that occur in precise localized areas of the body, particularly in the neck, spine, shoulders and hips. People with this syndrome may also experience sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression and other symptoms1.
How To Diagnose Fibromyalgia
According to the American College of Rheumatology, fibromyalgia affects 3 to 6 million Americans. It primarily occurs in women of childbearing age, though men, children and elderly may also be affected.
Currently, the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown and because many of the symptoms mimic those of other diseases, it is very difficult to diagnose.
The current criteria for fibromyalgia diagnosis includes:
-Widespread joint and muscle pain that has been present for at least three months.
-Pain at 11 or more of the 18 specific tender/trigger points when the areas are pressed.
-Other symptoms that are less common but can occur are diarrhea, headache, difficulty concentrating, tingling sensation in the hands and severe or excessive fatigue1.
Though the cause and cure for fibromyalgia is not yet known, studies suggest that chiropractic care can help provide relief1.
The Chiropractic Approach
A recent study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics stated that, “more than 60% of the participants who underwent chiropractic treatments showed significant reductions in pain intensity, decrease in fatigue and increased quality of sleep.”3
Chiropractors can take a comprehensive approach in evaluating and designing a specific care plan for those who suffer from fibromyalgia1.
Nutrition, exercise and regular chiropractic adjustments have all shown to play a role in reducing pain and other symptoms, while improving whole body health1.
Make an appointment today to help treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
3.) Hains, G Hains F., Combined Ischemic Compression and spinal manipulation in the treatment of fibromyalgia: a preliminary estimate of dose and efficacy. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 23:4, May 2000, pp 2225-50