Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic
Fibromyalgia is a painful chronic condition causing pain and tender points as well as non-restorative sleep and other symptoms that interfere with your daily life. Pain is described as throbbing, twitching and stabbing, and occurs in the head, neck, shoulders, hands, back and pelvis. Fibromyalgia luckily does not cause permanent damage to joints or tendons, but the pain debilitates those who suffer from it. Other symptoms include restless leg syndrome, difficulty concentrating, impaired memory and concentration, dizziness, irritable bowel, vision problems and impaired coordination.
There is no known cause of fibromyalgia, though patients are more likely to develop it in conjunction with other muscle and joint diseases, autoimmune disorders, or sometimes soon after being diagnosed with an infectious disease like Lyme disease. The condition afflicts the Central Nervous System, and may be related to oversensitive nerves and a chemical imbalance in the brain. Symptoms also tend to coincide with anxiety and depression. About four million people suffer from it in the US, and the condition is more common in women and patients over sixty.
HOW WE TREAT FIBROMYALGIA
As fibromyalgia is not known to have a cure, chiropractic treatment is focused on reducing symptoms so the patient will return to an active and productive lifestyle. Dr. Draeger will first go over your medical history and other diagnoses, take a look at your symptoms and perform a physical examination before formulating a treatment plan based on your specific symptoms. Spinal manipulation is implemented to relieve pressure and bring blood flow to the nerves, revitalizing the Central Nervous System. Heat and ice therapy, ultrasound and massage relieve tension and build strength in muscles. A program of gentle exercise and stretching may be advised, maintaining muscle strength and reducing pain and stiffness. Dr. Draeger can also provide counseling on healthy sleep environments, keeping a concise sleep regimen including a regular schedule, and relaxation exercises to encourage restorative sleep. Major lifestyle changes are imperative in the treatment process, improving the quality of life in fibromyalgia patients.
IF YOU SUFFER FROM FIBROMYALGIA, DR. DRAEGER CAN HELP
Dr. Draeger has treated many patients suffering from fibromyalgia, and nearly all of them have experienced a substantial improvement in reducing pain, and improving quality of sleep and general mood. Chiropractic treatment is based on the connection between your health and the Central Nervous System, restoring the integrity of the nervous system and its connection to the skeletal and muscular systems. Dr. Draeger’s clinic offers cutting-edge technology, healthcare expertise and physical therapy to relieve your symptoms and help you return to your active life.