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It's hard to convey the sheer burden of fibromyalgia to anyone who doesn't actually suffer from this mystifying, frustrating chronic syndrome. The multitude of debilitating symptoms, and the unpredictable ways they can affect your comfort and function, make it equally difficult for medical science to address this challenge efficiently and effectively. But you don’t have to sit around and wait for a formal diagnosis, because here at Proctor Chiropractic we can treat your symptoms by using natural methods to help normalize your physical function.
Fibromyalgia belongs to the category of medical ailments known as a syndrome, a series of symptoms that tend to occur. The root cause is hard to figure out, but modern research suggests that it begins with a chronic imbalance between two specific substances in the body, Substance P and serotonin. Serotonin plays a crucial role in your feeling of well-being, while Substance P influences your reactions to pain signals; too little of the former and too much of the latter makes you constantly vulnerable to grossly exaggerated sensations of discomfort. Fibromyalgia sufferers typically experience such maladies as insomnia, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, migraines, TMJ, and the proliferation of painful muscle knots known as tender points.
To add insult to injury, most medical doctors are bound to a highly restrictive protocol for diagnosing fibromyalgia. Unless you're experiencing pain in 11 out of a possible 18 tender points throughout the body at any given time for a period of 3 months, you can't get a formal diagnosis -- which means you can't get the targeted treatment you need.
If you want safe, drug-free solutions for managing your fibromyalgia without the runaround posed by standard medicine, come to Proctor Chiropractic. Either chiropractor at our Tacoma clinic, Dr. Keogh or Dr. Luke, can ease your symptoms by making healthy corrections to your body's overall alignment and nerve function. Chiropractic adjustments can eliminate the causes of many aches and pains that are amplified so mercilessly by fibromyalgia; it can also take abnormal pressure away from nerve tissue, permitting your nervous system to regulate body functions more normally.
Anything that's good for pain management is likely to be good for fibromyalgia as well. In addition to chiropractic care, we can administer soft tissue therapies such as scar tissue release and myofascial release to free trapped tissues, giving you greater pain-free range of motion. Positive point therapy is highly useful for dissolving the painful muscle knots that typically accompany fibromyalgia. All of these techniques are non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, and safe to use as often you need them for ongoing symptom management.
As troubling as fibromyalgia undoubtedly is, you don't have to let it dictate your quality of life. Call Proctor Chiropractic today at 253-756-7500 to schedule a consultation and learn more about our safe, non-pharmaceutical fibromyalgia management options!