Fibromyalgia Pain Management at Back & Neck Care Chiropractic
Fibromyalgia is sometimes referred to as a "mystery ailment" -- but if you're suffering from the miseries inflicted by this chronic health challenge, it's certainly no mystery to you. The good news is that the pain, insomnia, muscle tightness, headaches and other devastating symptoms of fibromyalgia can often be controlled, not through drugs or other artificial means, but through the natural pain management and wellness support solutions we offer at Back & Neck Care Chiropractic in Vancouver.
Causes and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
The most mysterious thing about fibromyalgia is its underlying causes. This syndrome (collection of co-occurring symptoms), which has long confounded medical science, appears to be related to an imbalance of two neurotransmitters, serotonin and Substance P. This imbalance causes a greatly heightened sensitivity to pain signals. Some people begin experiencing fibromyalgia after a traumatic event such as a personal injury, while for others it follows a period of great emotional stress.
Fibromyalgia's symptoms are impossible to ignore and sometimes completely debilitating. They include:
- Painful, stiff muscle knots that may also act as trigger points, referring pain to other areas of the body
- Facial and jaw pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Insomnia or poor quality of sleep
- Chronic fatigue and lack of stamina
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can actually complicate diagnosis -- partly because they may suggest other ailments, and partly because they may come and go in different locations or combinations. Generally, the presence of 11 tender spots throughout the body for a period of at least 3 months is considered sufficient to diagnose a case of fibromyalgia.
Chiropractic Care and Other All-Natural Treatment Options
One advantage of seeking chiropractic care over other medical treatments for fibromyalgia is the fact that we can treat the sources of your discomfort without waiting for months for a confirmed diagnosis. Our Vancouver chiropractor, Dr. Pettet, can correct even small spinal alignment problems that are contributing to muscle tightness, nerve problems and chronic pain -- a huge plus when that pain is constantly amplified by fibromyalgia. Chiropractic adjustment can also improve nerve signaling, which in turn can help stabilize many physical functions, including your brain chemistry.
We can also provide such helpful pain management techniques as deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy to relieve your headaches, migraines and muscular aches, as well as therapeutic stretches and other exercises to keep your tissues as loose and limber as possible. The safety of these techniques makes periodic "maintenance adjustments" and other natural treatments an ideal approach to drug-free pain management.
Feel Better With the Aid of Our Vancouver Chiropractor
Fibromyalgia can be a hard problem to live with, but you can regain (and maintain) valuable quality of life through our safe, effective pain management and wellness techniques. Call Back & Neck Care Chiropractic at 360-253-6674 to arrange a consultation with our Vancouver chiropractor. We look forward to helping you enjoy your life again!