The mysterious health challenge known as fibromyalgia can affect everything from your quality of sleep to your energy levels, digestive wellness, and everyday comfort. If you're among the estimated five million U.S. adults plagued by this debilitating problem, you should know that your treatment options extend beyond medication. Core Health Spine & Rehabilitation can serve as your trusted resource for non-surgical treatment for fibromyalgia in the Woodlands.
Fibromyalgia is classified as a chronic pain syndrome, or collection of related, co-occurring symptoms. Fibromyalgia commonly creates symptoms such as:
Although researchers continue to find fibromyalgia somewhat mysterious, they believe that it involves an abnormal, grossly amplified response to pain. In some sufferers, it seems to stem from a previous traumatic event, infection, or other cause of extreme stress. Other fibromyalgia cases simply develop on their own.
Fibromyalgia seems to affect more women than men. Other risk factors include obesity, age, a family history of the disorder, and underlying autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
Fibromyalgia can prove quite tricky to diagnose correctly, partly because its symptoms overlap with those of other chronic pain conditions, hormonal imbalances, and digestive problems. Doctors must screen patients carefully for such lookalike disorders in case they actually need treatment for those issues instead of fibromyalgia.
In the past, getting a fibromyalgia diagnosis was more difficult than it is today. The medical community insisted that patients display tender points at 18 specific locations on the body. Today, a fibromyalgia diagnosis requires only that the patient has pain in four out of five of the body's major regions.
Standard medical practice for fibromyalgia treatments focuses on taming the symptoms instead of tackling the underlying cause or causes. This approach commonly includes the use of antidepressants, muscle relaxants, anti-seizure drugs, and other prescription medications to soothe musculoskeletal and emotional stress. Other strategies may involve cognitive behavioral therapy and aerobic or strength-building exercises.
Today, many doctors recommend a holistic approach to treating fibromyalgia that focuses on helping the body function as normally as possible. Chiropractic care and physical therapy often play a key role in this whole-body strategy.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, the last thing you need is a spinal alignment problem that makes your pain and faulty nerve function that much worse. Chiropractic treatment aims to correct those alignment problems. By gently adjusting your spine, a skilled chiropractor can help your nervous system (and therefore your pain response) work more normally. At the same time, adjustments that balance your musculoskeletal alignment reduce abnormal stresses on your muscles and joints, giving you less pain to respond to.
The benefits of chiropractic adjustment go beyond pain relief. The same adjustments that can help moderate your pain response also help your body communicate with itself more accurately. As a result, you may experience less digestive trouble, enjoy more refreshing sleep, and get a welcome break from mood problems and emotional stress.
As a provider of holistic healing and pain management services, our skilled team draws on other disciplines to complement chiropractic fibromyalgia treatment. We can equip you with a personalized plan that combines chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy, medical pain management, exercises, and dietary and lifestyle changes.
Don't let fibromyalgia rob you of your ability to work, play, sleep, and generally enjoy life. Contact Core Health Spine & Rehabilitation today and schedule an appointment for chiropractic fibromyalgia treatment in the Woodlands.