Do you have Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is now recognised as a real condition with more and more people every day being diagnosed as suffering the debilitating condition. Individuals suffering Fibromyalgia will tell you of their daily struggle with persistent, widespread chronic pain that often progressively worsens with time.
Although there is conjecture about the exact cause and workings of fibromyalgia, the current hypothesis is that it is a combination of nervous system (nerve) and hormonal dysfunction. Many sufferers report their fibromyalgia commenced either: after they suffered physical, psychological or emotional trauma (such as a car accident or losing a loved one), contracted an infectious disease (eg. Dengue Fever or Glandular fever). Although these incidents are not likely to cause fibromyalgia, their occurrence is believed to trigger the fibromyalgia in those who are susceptible.
Of all of the signs and symptoms, the most common one is sleep deprivation or disturbed sleep. Fibromyalgia patients find it hard to get a deep restful sleep most nights. Sleep deprivation has direct links to disturbances in brain chemistry. There has been research in regards to different brain chemicals that may cause the symptoms of fibromyalgia, the four most important have been found to be; 1) Substance P, a protein which helps brain signals. 2) Serotonin; which regulates sleep and mood. 3) Tryptophan; which is a building block to make Serotonin and 4) Norepinephrine; helps the body to deal with stress.
What signs & symptoms do Fibromyalgia sufferers commonly encounter? Do you have these too?
Those who suffer from fibromyalgia report of experiencing many different types of signs and symptoms. These signs and symptoms are usually experienced over a long period of time and can impact on the lives of fibromyalgia patients significantly.
Typical symptoms of Fibromyalgia include:
Increased sensitivity to pain
Abnormal sensitivity to touch
Joint & body pain
Depression & Anxiety
Headaches & Migraines
And much more!
(Common sites for Fibromyalgia)
(Base of the neck is a common tender spot for people with Fibromyalgia)
Chiropractic is not a cure for Fibromyalgia. However some patient’s with Fibromyalgia find certain styles of Chiropractic treatment beneficial in reducing pain and some of their symptoms. In these cases, the patient’s use Chiropractic care as part of their overall fibromyalgia management.
Although many patients and practitioners claim that Chiropractic may be helpful in this area, these claims are empirical-only in nature, and peer-reviewed, scientific research is needed.
An initial Chiropractic consultation @ Wellbeing includes;
Private one-on-one consultation about your symptoms to decide if chiropractic is the right treatment for you
A detailed review of your current and past health & medical history
Complete postural assessment
Neuro-muscular testing of muscles
X-rays (if clinically needed) taken onsite, charges may apply
Thorough analysis of your results to accurately determine your need for treatment
What to do?
If you or someone close to you has Fibromyalgia and you are interested in seeing if our treatment may be able to assist their situation, don’t hesitate to call our clinic to speak to one of our practitioners.
Our team of Chiropractors use a range of manual and lower force techniques. If you have had previous Chiropractic treatment please let of Doctors know so they help to determine what may best help your future management.