Combating Fibromyalgia With Whole Body Care
Fibromyalgia (FM) is difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms associated with it are things that all of us have experienced at one time or another. These include fatigue, body aches and pains, depression, and anxiety. 2-4% of Americans are affected by this condition. But what sets their symptoms apart? And how can chiropractic treatments help?
The difference between the symptoms those of us who do not suffer from FM and those of us who do is the fact that FM symptoms are chronic. That means that the pain is constant and long-lasting. It is also known to have severe flare-ups.
The only way to diagnose FM is to eliminate every other possible cause of the pain and fatigue. When your doctor has performed blood tests, x-rays, and other forms of imaging and he finds no other problem, the diagnosis is usually FM. At times it can be caused by trauma.
Although there is no cure for FM, there have been many studies that show that it can be successfully managed. Your healthcare professionals including your nutritionist, physical therapist, primary care doctor, and chiropractor, will work together to find the best way for you to manage the pain and other symptoms. The most common treatments include medications, gentle exercises, improving your diet, and reducing stress.
What can your chiropractor do for you? Chiropractors are trained in caring for the whole body. They will help you find what nutrition is best, how to manage stress, and what exercises are best for your body and your pain level.
Walking is the most important exercise you can implement. Just be sure not to over-do it at first which can cause injuries. Another critical exercise is squatting. When we strengthen the muscles that help us sit down, bend, and stand-up, daily activities become less painful. But you need to do it correctly. You should bend your ankles, knees, and hips while curving your back (sticking out your butt.) Don’t let your knees go out beyond your toes. If you hear a noise in your knees and feel pain, try moving that knee a few inches forward and don’t go as far down. Stay within your pain boundaries and avoid sharp lingering pain.
Many have found relief from spinal manipulation, mobilization, and even massage. Every situation is different, and each will need their personalized treatment plan, so it is vital to communicate with your chiropractor.