Fibromyalgia syndrome is a medical condition that affects approximately 10 million Americans according to the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA). Most of those 10 million people are women. Many people have fibromyalgia but don’t realize it. Find out more about this chronic condition and how the symptoms can be relieved by the chiropractors at Optima Health and Vitality Center in Eau Claire, WI.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a combination of symptoms that cause pain and discomfort in the body. It can make it difficult to function normally throughout the day—even the ability to concentrate on a task may be negatively affected. The most common symptoms are:
- Sharp aching pains at certain points of the body (chronic).
- Twitching or burning sensation in the muscles.
- Extreme fatigue, even after long periods of sleep.
- Depression and/or anxiety.
- Stomach, bowel, or digestive disorders.
What Are the Causes?
Doctors aren’t 100% sure what causes fibromyalgia, but it could be related to intense stress. Some patients develop this disorder after a long period of depression or after experiencing some type of trauma. It may also be related to poor diet and obesity. Patients who have arthritic problems sometimes struggle with fibromyalgia. Some doctors believe that this may be an inherited condition.
How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?
While there may not be a known cure for fibromyalgia, there are treatments that can relieve the symptoms. Here are a few potential treatments offered at Optima Health and Vitality Center in Eau Claire, WI:
- Chiropractic adjustments to help relieve pain.
- Yoga therapy and other therapeutic exercises.
- Deep massage.
- Nutritional counseling to improve the diet.
- Ultrasound therapy (waves are emitted that can help heal soft tissue).
- Acupuncture (tiny needles inserted at specific points on the body).
- Electrical stimulation and biofeedback.
- Training on how to relax to combat the effects of stress.
Get Help from a Doctor
You don’t have to suffer with intense pain related to fibromyalgia every day and at night. Treatment options are available at Optima Health and Vitality Center in Eau Claire, WI. Call 715-832-1953 today to set a date to see a chiropractic doctor.
The central nervous system is made up of our brain and spinal cord, but if you were to look at a chart of these systems, you’ll also be able to see all the nerves that branch out from the brain and spinal cord to send messages to other areas of the body. If you have a pinched nerve, sometimes referred to as nerve compression, you may notice pain. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right and shouldn’t be ignored.
There are many issues that can cause a pinched nerve, whether it’s repetitive movements or staying in one position for too long. Nerve compression usually occurs when the nerve is pressed between tissues and bone, tendons or ligaments. A pinched nerve could be the reason you are experiencing neck pain or lower back pain. You may notice that the pain radiates to other areas of the body, as well.
For example, if you happen to have a pinched nerve in your neck you may also notice pain, numbness or other symptoms in your elbows, wrist or fingers. Over time, a pinched nerve can lead to other problems such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome. This is why it’s so important to treat a pinched nerve as soon as possible.
Fortunately, our chiropractors at Optima Health & Vitality Center can easily create a treatment plan for your pinched nerve. Most of the time spinal manipulation can be an effective chiropractic therapy. Spinal manipulation can be performed with a special device or manually to help realign vertebrae in the spine. Once the spinal is properly aligned, it will eliminate compression on the nerves to allow oxygen back into the area to promote better circulation and function, as well as to reduce pain.
You will most likely need to come in for several spinal manipulation sessions in order to see the results you want. How many sessions you require will depend on the severity of your condition. You don’t want to leave a pinched nerve untreated. Get rid of pain and inflammation and any other issues you may be experiencing due to pinched nerves, such as mobility.
If you are suffering from the aches and pains of a pinched nerve, then it’s time to call our Eau Claire, WI chiropractic office today at (715) 832-1953.
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