Fibromyalgia is a notoriously difficult condition to diagnose and treat. For those suffering with this disorder, it is also a notoriously painful, disruptive, and immobilizing illness. As of yet, there is no known medical cause to explain Fibromyalgia, and there are no diagnostic tests to pinpoint the exact origin of symptoms. While every patient is different, there is a general set of shared symptoms that usually lead to a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. These include:
- Chronic, widespread pain
- Trigger points/muscle pain (this is known as Myofascial pain)
- Sleep disturbances
- Chest Pain (not related to heart conditions)
Fibromyalgia patients often soldier onward in an unhealthy cycle of using traditional medical care (drugs) to treat the symptoms—and not the cause—of this condition. However, there is another way to address Fibromyalgia. By using healthy practices such as Chiropractic adjustment, it’s possible to tackle the underlying cause of Fibromyalgia in order to accomplish long-term rehabilitation goals. For many patients, this often means they are finally able to battle the widespread pain, fatigue, and emotional anguish of Fibromyalgia.
Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia: Understanding the Connection
The medical community has been struggling to help patients suffering from the various symptoms and pain of Fibromyalgia, but drug therapy for symptoms is simply a mask—and an unhealthy one—for a larger issue. Unless disorder within the Central Nervous System is addressed, Fibromyalgia will continue to wreak havoc on the body.
The central nervous system coordinates all of the activities of the body and is comprised of the brain, which is protected by the skull, and the spinal cord. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, or bones, of the spine. When the spine is not in proper alignment, the entire central nervous system is compromised, including the autonomic nervous system, which controls the involuntary functions of the body.
There are many factors that can cause misalignments, which are known as subluxations, in the spine. The most obvious of these are traumas such as auto accidents or sports injuries. Many patients don’t realize that poor posture throughout the years can also negatively affect the spine. In some cases, a trauma that occurred many years ago may have been negatively affecting the body long after the initial injury occurred, unbeknownst to the sufferer.
Because an unhealthy nervous system is at the root of Fibromyalgia, it’s no surprise that many patients with this condition also suffer from other issues. These might include digestive disorders such as IBS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.