Fibromyalgia: Chiropractic Treatment for the Mind and the Body
Of the many chronic conditions a person may suffer from, fibromyalgia can be one of the most frustrating. Not only are the symptoms widespread and general, making it hard to diagnose, it’s also an illness that the medical community knows very little about. Our understanding of fibromyalgia’s causes, treatments, and catalysts is minimal.
Because the ailment is highly diverse and presents so differently across sufferers, it’s frequently considered a catchall moniker. Treatment is often approached by addressing presenting symptoms. By tracing symptoms back to catalysts under the fibromyalgia umbrella, it’s possible to cope with the condition through individualized treatment.
Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is especially useful for identifying symptoms and classifying them as a form of fibromyalgia. At Ideal Spine Health Center, we rely on CBP to ensure our patients are being treated accordingly and not under a generalized plan that may not address their unique case.
Narrowing the symptoms
One of the few things that chiropractors can say definitively about fibromyalgia is that it tends to present in four different ways:
- Pain (both localized and referred);
- Stiffness and inflammation;
- Fatigue and malaise;
- Problems sleeping.
Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia tend to fall under one or all of these key indicators. During the exploratory phases of a CBP assessment, a chiropractor will qualify the condition by determining the nature of presenting symptoms, while also ruling out any other spinal-related catalysts.
There are also several hallmarks of fibromyalgia that can urge chiropractors to explore it as a potential diagnosis. Symptoms tend to set in late in the day or in the evening, and nerve stimuli tend to be directly affected by a flare-up.
Treating mind and body
Fibromyalgia tends to be so traumatic for sufferers because of its nerve afflictions. Not only are patients plagued with physical pain or discomfort, they also frequently suffer from cognitive woes in tandem. Chronic pain has mental ramifications in and of itself, and lack of sleep strains the mind to create myriad problems such as malaise, mental fog, memory problems, irritation, and more. In one study with more than 50 matching controls, fibromyalgia was accompanied overwhelmingly (70%) by anxiety disorders.
Because of its mental and physical stressors, fibromyalgia is commonly addressed by holistic practitioners, like a chiropractor. The focus on resetting the spine and central nervous system plays a key role in moving fibromyalgia patients towards relief on all fronts. Adjustments to the spine have the potential to affect physical change by way of restructuring support to the body, as well as cognitive relief by freeing up nerve communications. It’s this two-in-one approach to fibromyalgia treatment that has established chiropractic as a leading gateway toward relief.
Patients seeking chiropractic adjustment as a way of treating fibromyalgia have experienced wide-ranging quality of life improvements. From being able to get a restful night’s sleep, to coping with painful episodes, to increasing range of motion to prevent stiffness, chiropractic has as much diversity in addressing fibromyalgia as the condition does in producing symptoms.
Live better, in spite of fibromyalgia
Though we don’t know the intricacies of fibromyalgia as a condition, there’s nothing stopping a chiropractor from exploring tailored solutions for mitigating its many diverse symptoms. Using CBP, it’s possible to evaluate patients individually and adopt treatment methodologies designed to tackle specific symptoms.
At Ideal Spine Health Center, this is the exact approach we take for all our Boise, ID fibromyalgia patients. We invite you to contact us today for a free consultation, to learn more about how we may be able to help you live better, in spite of your fibromyalgia.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.