Chiropractor for Fibromyalgia: How to Find the Right One for You

Conservative treatments for fibromyalgia include drugs, injection therapy, physical therapy, and surgery 1. But, many people with fibromyalgia find that these treatments don't work.

If you're looking for natural treatments, you may want to try a chiropractor. Chiropractic care can treat fibromyalgia patients' pain and improve mobility through a spine adjustment. These treatments often result in quicker improvements of symptoms compared to using medication alone.

Call 530-722-9010 to speak to a chiropractic specialist. And discuss your potential treatment options.

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes pain and tenderness in the muscles and joints. Fibromyalgia is often mistaken for other conditions, such as arthritis. Because the symptoms are similar.

Common fibromyalgia symptoms include:

  • Memory problems
  • Sleep issues
  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Pain sensitivity

There is no one test to diagnose fibromyalgia. It is often a diagnosis of exclusion. Meaning that you must rule out other conditions first.

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown.

But many believe it changes how the brain and spinal cord process pain signals. There is no cure for fibromyalgia. Treatments can help lessen the pain and other symptoms. Some treatments include medication, exercise, and relaxation techniques.

Can Chiropractors Diagnose Fibromyalgia?

Yes, chiropractors can help diagnose fibromyalgia.

Upon diagnosing your condition, specialists will use chiropractic treatment (e.g., adjustments) alongside lifestyle adjustments to treat fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms.

How Can Chiropractic Care Treat Fibromyalgia?

Chiropractic care can help treat fibromyalgia because it re-aligns the web of nerves your spine sends throughout the body. Thus, it may improve your nervous system.

That is because your body uses your spine and brain to deliver commands to various parts of your body through nerves 2. If these areas do not function properly, your body may suffer from delayed healing, chronic pain conditions, and other disorders that could affect your bodily function.

Chiropractors will tackle issues that stem from your nervous system through spine manipulation, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes.

Chiropractic Adjustments

This treatment method involves manipulating your spine's position. This relieves any pressure squishing the nerves from your spine to various parts of your body.
In some scenarios of fibromyalgia, the central nervous system sends out false pain signals, which may result in the pain you feel. Relieving pressure on your nerves can help with this.
While the chiropractor makes their manipulations, you may also find relief from symptoms like:
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Better spinal alignment

You may not likely feel instant relief during your first manipulation. So your specialist will set up a treatment plan for repeat visits.

Physical Therapy

Chiropractors will use physical therapies for fibromyalgia including heat and ice therapy, electrical stimulation, and massage. These therapies can help to relieve pain, improve range of motion, and increase blood flow and circulation.

Lifestyle Adjustments

Your specialist will also make lifestyle changes. These include changes to your diet, exercises, and ways to correct your posture.
Some exercises for fibromyalgia include stretching, yoga, Tai Chi, and light weightlifting. The mentioned lifestyle recommendations may not make the most significant difference in symptom management and quality of life improvement on their own.
But when paired with chiropractic adjustments, fibromyalgia patients may find relief without the side effects of medicine.
The chiropractor will also make dietary recommendations. These could include recommending supplements or foods you should eat to meet your nutritional needs.
Not only will these changes improve your fibromyalgia symptoms, but having adequate nutrition may improve your immune system to prevent future illnesses, treat high blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve your overall health.

Eliminate Fibromyalgia: Get Help From a Specialist in Redding, CA

Chiropractic treatments for fibromyalgia have proven successful in helping fibromyalgia sufferers find pain relief. It gives people an alternative (and natural) way to treat this condition without resorting to medications or risky surgery.

While tackling your fibromyalgia, consider our other services to improve your overall well-being:

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Massage therapy
  • Sciatica

Call 530-722-9010 to schedule an appointment with Thatcher Wellness in Redding, CA. Or use the contact form below to get more information.

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