Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that often occurs suddenly without any explanation. Sufferers respond well to the alternative techniques of chiropractic. Fibromyalgia affects every moment of every day and if you are suffering, you want a better understanding of this condition and how chiropractic care addresses it. Our Omaha Chiropractor is here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that shows itself mainly in widespread pain. Fibromyalgia sufferers have all-over achy muscles that resemble the feelings of having the flu- widespread weakness and muscle aches. Unfortunately, in those with fibromyalgia, the pain does not go away after a few days the way it does when you have the flu.
Is pain the only fibromyalgia symptom?
No. Fibromyalgia suffers also may have symptoms such as
- irritable bowel syndrome
- difficulties sleeping
- sensitivity to temperature changes, bright lights and loud noises
- restless legs
- numbness in the extremities
- interrupted thought patterns or foggy thinking
- painful menstrual symptoms
Who is affected by Fibromyalgia?
According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 5 million people living in the United States who are 18 and older are affected by fibromyalgia. The condition targets more women than men and often appears during middle age.
Will fibromyalgia disappear?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition and will most likely last throughout one's lifetime. Some people do begin to feel better and increase their quality of life through eating healthier, sleeping better, exercising and reducing stress.
Does fibromyalgia cause damage?
Even though fibromyalgia is painful, making it difficult to move on some days, the condition is not damaging muscles or joints.
What treatment options are available for fibromyalgia?
Many medications are available, but most suffers find these are not helpful. At Chiropractic Health Clinic in Omaha, we offer natural relief options so your body works as a whole to reduce your pain and inflammation. One of the concerns that leads to increasing pain is inflammation. So, our first goal is to eliminate this. Our chiropractic adjustments position your spine and joints into the best alignment so circulation easily flows throughout your body. This helps reduce toxin build-up that can increase inflammation and it also brings healthy fluids to your muscle tissues. Our adjustments also provide pain relief by reducing the pull on muscles that are unhappy from mis-aligned joints. For example, if a vertebrae is out of alignment, the muscles supporting your spine are either too stretched or too tight to compensate. Since fibromyalgia pain is in your muscles, we do not want any poor alignment to trigger more pain.
What else can I do?
Our Omaha chiropractor will speak with you about the best approach for your fibromyalgia. We may recommend dietary changes to eliminate inflammation and pain flare-ups. We show you how to exercise at an intensity that will keep pain away and not cause more discomfort. We educate you on better ways to sleep so your body experiences restful recovery.