Updated: Feb 20, 2020
Fibromyalgia is a disorder classified by widespread musculoskeletal pain. According to Mayo Clinic, it is believed that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting how the brain processes pain signals. People with fibromyalgia may also suffer from the following symptoms:
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In order to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a patient must be tender in 11 of 18 predetermined spots on their body. According to research by Schnur, 50% of patients with fibromyalgia have chronic lumbar and cervical pain. It is believed that there is currently no cure for fibromyalgia and medical treatment typically includes painkillers, anti-depressants, and even anti-seizure medications. Chiropractic adjustments can provide drug-free relief of musculoskeletal pain in patients with fibromyalgia.
A study performed by Hiemeyer et al noted an important relationship between the tender spots associated with Fibromyalgia and posture. Upon correcting a patient's posture, the tender spots were improved leading to the conclusion that “flexed posture could be an important factor in generalized muscular pain, and posture therefore should be an essential part of the clinical examination of patients with FMS.”
A chronically flexed posture can also stretch and tension the spinal cord. This tension stresses the nervous system and can affect the nerve signals that travel to and from the brain.
At Miller Chiropractic Center, various chiropractic techniques are used to improve posture and decrease spinal cord tension. Dr. Miller is certified in Torque Release Technique (TRT). TRT is a chiropractic technique that finds vital connection points between the spinal cord and the spinal column. Adjusting the spine at these points relieves stress and tension on the spinal cord. (Similar to how a guitar is tuned at specific points along the string.) Areas of postural imbalances (such as forward head carriage or text neck, a high shoulder, or pelvic tilt) are also adjusted to reduce chronic pain.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, call our office today!
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