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Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread body pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons and soft tissues. While a doctor cannot “see” this chronic pain and fatigue, these symptoms are very real for patients and can be incredibly devastating to their quality of life. Chiropractic care for fibromyalgia focuses on symptom relief to support wellness and improve day-to-day life quality. Our Tacoma chiropractors understand how challenging and frustrating fibromyalgia can be for patients. We are committed to doing everything we can to help manage this pain and support overall wellness so you can get back to living a full, active life.
Chiropractic Adjustments & Massage Therapy Relieve Pain, Enhance Energy
Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain, sleep disturbances and exhaustion from head to toe. This pain is felt at tender points throughout the body. Although the muscles hurt everywhere, the muscles themselves are not the cause of pain. You may experience knotted pain that restricts mobility and radiates outward from the muscles; this radiating pain may be coming from myofascial trigger points in the body. Oftentimes the pain is worse in the morning and you may experience stiffness when you first wake up. Patients also feel devoid of energy as if someone had “unplugged” their power supply. You may experience difficulty concentrating and retaining new information; this is known as “fibro fog”. Chronic headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, jaw pain and other health issues are all common problems.
While the specific cause for fibromyalgia pain is not fully understood, current research is focused on the amplification of pain signals. A misalignment of the spine can compress nearby nerves, altering how these nerves communicate pain signals with the brain. This may lead to an amplification of pain signals, causing a patient’s painful tender points along the body. While there is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, our chiropractic care team has had signification success using chiropractic adjustments to treat patients and relieve their pain. Hands-on adjustments support proper spinal alignment, which alleviates nerve compression. We find that an integrated approach to care that combines chiropractic adjustments with complementary therapies, like massage therapy, delivers the best results for our patients.
Our certified massage therapist has significant experience using therapeutic massage as a pain management technique for fibromyalgia treatment. Massage therapy and myofascial release targets the trigger points along the body that are sore and stiff. Benefits of massage therapy include increased circulation to the muscles, allow for faster muscle repair, increased flexibility, and increased range of motion. Massage treatments reduce cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress, and boost endorphin levels. This is associated with improved sleep patterns and decreases stressed and depression.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia pain, chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy are safe alternatives to medication for pain management and enhanced whole body health. A diagnostic exam with our chiropractor can help determine the right treatment plan for your needs.
Begin your journey back to wellness today: contact Proctor Chiropractic at 253-756-7500.