Fibromyalgia is a condition that often slips through the cracks of the health care system. It is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, feeling foggy, lack of sleep, memory and mood issues. Fibromyalgia also amplifies pain sensations to feel extremely painful; by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
In general, treatments for fibromyalgia include both medication AND alternative medicine. The goal is to minimize the symptoms and increase quality of life. Certain medications such as analgesics, antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs are often useful in reducing certain types of pain and reducing fibromyalgia symptoms. When used in combination with alternative therapies for pain and stress management, medication use can be decreased and eventually eliminated.
Here are some of the treatment options our Integrative Chiropractors can provide:
- Acupuncture: the thin needles used in acupuncture treatments cause changes in the blood flow and levels of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) in the brain and spinal cord.
- Manual Therapies: Studies by some of the leading investigators of fibromyalgia show that manual therapies provided by doctors of chiropractic scored among the most effective measures in the relief of fibromyalgia symptoms.
- Yoga and Meditation: These practices combine meditation, slow movements, deep breathing and relaxation, which have found to be helpful in controlling fibromyalgia symptoms.
- Exercise Plans: Low intensity exercise is helpful in controlling fibromyalgia symptoms by increasing endorphins to feel better, and increases restful sleep.
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or suspect that you may have it, call or book an appointment for an evaluation and discussion of your treatment options.