what is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia pain is a non-inflammatory chronic condition accruing in soft tissue areas of the body that cause pain and tenderness:   The tender point can  show up many different areas of the body particularly the neck, Shoulders and low back regions.

Fibromyalgia is thought to have multiple contributing factors.  Some may be pertaining to emotional or physical trauma, such as a motor vehicle accident, a bad fall.  However, scientist can’t say for certain the exact cause of Fibromyalgia is. Current research suggests that Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the Central Nervous System (CNS) which has become hypersensitive.

How are patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia pian?

In order to diagnosis Fibromyalgia, the patient must have widespread chronic pain in all four quadrants of the body that are more or less continuous for at least three months.

Fibromyalgia patient will exhibit pain in at least 11 of 18 tender points.
  • There are 18 different locations where you experience tenderness due to Fibromyalgia.

    Front and Back of the Neck * the Mid- to Upper-Back of the Shoulders.

  • Upper Chest
  • Elbows
  • Upper Area of Buttocks (glutinous maximums)
  • Posterior Hips
  • The Knees
Individuals with Fibromyalgia may also experience other symptoms including:
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Poor Sleep or Sleep Disorders
  • Chronic Headache
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and others.

How can Chiropractic treatment help patient with fibromyalgia condition: 

Even though there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, Chiropractic treatments help reducing their pain and improving quality of life.  Medical research show that “Several nonpharmacologic treatments and manual-type therapies have acceptable evidentiary support in the treatment of FMS”.

  • Chiropractic adjustment
  • Ultrasound
  •  deep tissue massage
  •  Electrical muscle stimulator
  •  pain relief exercise
  •  stretching and strengthening exercises
  •  Myofascial Release technique

Alternative Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Studies showed combination of magnesium, along with malic acid and B vitamins may be helpful for stress-managing strategies.  They also encourage better sleep.

Get help for your Fibromyalgia pain at Fort Myers Chiropractic.