It’s estimated that around 5 million Americans over the age of 18 are affected by fibromyalgia, a condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness. This painful chronic condition can affect anyone, but is most prevalent in women. While fibromyalgia is considered similar to arthritis, it doesn’t actually cause damage to any tissues, muscles or joints. However, the chronic pain experienced from fibromyalgia can affect your daily activities and quality of life.
Besides chronic pain and tenderness, those with fibromyalgia may also experience any of these symptoms:
- Memory and concentration problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Painful menstrual periods
- Sleep problems
- Morning stiffness
- Sensitivity to certain lights and sounds
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Jaw pain
- Chronic fatigue
Some patients may experience only one of these symptoms while others may experience several. The cause of this condition is still unknown, which can make it a challenge to treat pain and other underlying issues. While some may find relief from painkillers and certain prescription medications (e.g. anti-depressants) chiropractic care has also been known to effectively treat symptoms of fibromyalgia. Some of the treatments we offer those with fibromyalgia include:
- Massage therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Relaxation training
By applying either manual or mechanized pressure to areas of the body to help stretch and manipulate certain muscle groups, we can help return them back to their normal position to improve movement and reduce pain.
Chiropractic treatment plans are tailored to each patient based on the type and severity of their symptoms. Some patients may benefit from just one type of treatment while others may find more relief from a combination of different therapeutic techniques. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your specific health needs. The main goal of chiropractic care is to reduce pain and improve your quality of life. Fibromyalgia pain doesn’t have to take over your life. Our chiropractic treatments are here to alleviate your fibromyalgia symptoms and to make it easier to manage your condition.
For more information about fribromyalgia and available treatment options,
call Optima Health & Vitality Center in Eau Claire, WI at (715) 832-1953.