Can Chiropractic Care Help Fibromyalgia Pain?
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that involves widespread muscle pain (myalgias) and joint pain (arthralgias). In some cases, the onset of fibromyalgia symptoms begins after a physically or emotionally traumatic event, such as a car accident; in other cases, symptoms start insidiously, gradually worsening over time.
What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic treatment involves hands-on manipulation of the spine or other joints. It is an alternative or complementary treatment option most commonly used for musculoskeletal pain. Chiropractic treatment is provided by a trained and licensed chiropractor.
Can chiropractic care help fibromyalgia pain?
Chiropractic care is a very common treatment for fibromyalgia pain due to the fact that it may diminish pain levels, while simultaneously improving lumbar and cervical ranges of motion. Many people have discovered that adjustments to the spine and neck can ease back pain, neck pain, and leg pain that frequently accompany fibromyalgia.
How it works
Chiropractic treatments can reduce pain in the bones, muscles, joints, and connective tissue (e.g., tendons, ligaments, cartilage). It is an alternative pain treatment method that does not involve prescribing medications or surgical procedures. Correcting the musculoskeletal structure alignment can help the body begin to heal itself.
Treatments offered by chiropractors
Chiropractors often work in conjunction with physicians, pain experts, and surgeons to treat pain. Treatments typically offered by a chiropractor include spinal manipulation, soft-tissue therapy, stretches, posture education, ergonomic training, temperature therapy, and bracing.
During chiropractic manipulation, a chiropractor applies sudden, controlled force that moves the spine or a specific joint beyond its regular range of motion. This can improve range of motion and help reduce pain. It can also help improve the body’s overall alignment.
When to use caution
Do not seek chiropractic adjustment with severe osteoporosis, spine cancer, excessive spine motion and instability, or if numbness, tingling, or loss of strength is present in an arm or leg. As with any treatment, consult a health care professional to determine if chiropractic treatment is appropriate.