Do you suffer from chronic headaches or joint stiffness? Do you wake up feeling exhausted even after eight hours of sleep? Have you been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? If so, you may have what is known as fibromyalgia. This condition affects the musculoskeletal system and causes extensive pain throughout the body. Symptoms can include migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, joint stiffness, and a variety of other issues. |
Because symptoms are often extensive and affect various areas of the body, fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose and treat. People with this condition often suffer from constant pain and have difficulty performing daily activities. Although fibromyalgia is considered chronic, and the exact cause has not been identified, there are holistic and alternative treatments available that can help improve a patient’s qualify of life – especially if you are looking for a conservative, drug-free approach. Symptoms of Fibromyalgia The symptoms of fibromyalgia can affect multiple organs, muscles, bones, and joints in the body simultaneously and may include: • Chronic headaches or migraines • Anxiety and depression • Sleep disorders • Chronic fatigue • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) • Nausea • Myofascial pain or fatigue • Joint stiffness • TMJ disorder • Weight gain or obesity • Neck and back pain How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your spine runs the length of your back and protects your spinal cord, which houses the central nervous system. Connected to the brain, your spine is responsible for operating your central nervous system by continually sending messages from your brain to other organs in them body, telling them how to function. If your spine is even slightly misaligned, it may result in neck and back pain, but it can also disrupt proper communication and negatively impact other organs in your body causing fibromyalgia symptoms.
Chiropractic care is a holistic alternative to medical care that focuses on correcting the vertebral subluxations in your spine. When your spine is properly aligned through gentle adjustments, it can reverse both musculoskeletal and central nervous system conditions. A healthy spine means a healthy body. Additional Holistic Treatment Methods Other alternative fibromyalgia treatment methods can include: • Myofascial Release Therapy – gentle and continued hands-on pressure is applied to the skin to address specific connective tissues and muscles within the body. Myofascial release therapy can improve flexibility and mobility. It can also help promote healthy blood flow and lymphatic circulation to reduce muscle pain and joint stiffness. • Acupuncture – involves placing tiny, sterilized needles directly into the skin to stimulate underlying tissues to improve musculoskeletal issues. Based in ancient Chinese medicine, this treatment is founded on the theory that your physical health is dependent on healthy and proper energy flow. When energy flow is disrupted, it can lead to pain and inflammation in the body – two of the most common symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Correcting energy flow can promote healthy musculoskeletal function and reduce pain. • Herbal and Nutritional Therapies – what you eat can have a direct impact on your overall health. In addition to an elimination diet and detoxification program to determine whether your diet is contributing to your side effects, you may be given herbal supplements to take. Certain vitamins and natural supplements, such as turmeric and probiotics have been proven to help reduce pain and inflammation in the body, as well as help with digestion. Many chiropractors use both chiropractic care and nutritional therapies to improve digestion and help promote healthy weight loss.
Dr. Cody Doyle has over 20 years of experience in chiropractic care and continues to devote his career to researching and exploring alternative medicine and modalities for his patients. He proudly serves the residents of Roanoke, Argyle, Southlake, and surrounding cities. Visit doylechiro.com today for more information on treating fibromyalgia holistically.
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