Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain in various points all over the body. People with fibromyalgia have persistent pain rather than sporadic pain. To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a person must have pain for 3 or more months in a row.
Pain is the clearest symptom of fibromyalgia. The pain often occurs in virtually every part of the body, from head to toe. The pain may also lead to or be accompanied by other symptoms, including depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, and inability to sleep.
The cause is uncertain at this time. Medical theories about the cause of fibromyalgia vary, with one leading theory being that fibromyalgia is the result of neurochemical imbalances. These imbalances could cause a person to have extreme pain from only minimal stimuli. Regardless of the reason that fibromyalgia occurs, there is an effective way to manage symptoms: Upper cervical care from an experienced chiropractic care provider.
Fibromyalgia treatment is customized based on the patient's individual symptoms. There is a total of 18 possible pain points in fibromyalgia patients. People who suffer from fibromyalgia have pain in 11 or more of these pain points at any given time. The chiropractor will look for pain points while performing a physical exam. Once the pain points are identified, the chiropractor can determine exactly which type of adjustments will be most beneficial. Since the upper cervical vertebrae are so critical for proper functioning of the nervous system and for the health of the spine, adjustment of these vertebrae is often enough to provide great relief for the patient. The chiropractic care provider can also help by offering lifestyle counseling, including nutritional counseling, that can help the patient avoid fibromyalgia pain.
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