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As many as 5 million American adults suffer from fibromyalgia, according to the National Institutes of Health, and struggle with widespread pain that can be debilitating. Fortunately, chiropractic care can alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
The word fibromyalgia is a combination of the Latin words for fibrous tissue (fibro), muscle (myo), and pain (algia). As its name suggests, fibromyalgia causes muscle and tissue pain. Specifically, fibromyalgia causes musculoskeletal pain, often accompanied by fatigue, sleep and mood issues. Other symptoms may include:
While many people consider fibromyalgia to be a type of the joint disease arthritis, fibromyalgia does not cause the inflammation or damage to joints, muscles or other body tissues commonly associated with arthritis. Fibromyalgia is like arthritis, though, in that it causes significant pain and fatigue while interfering with your ability to engage in activities of daily living. Like arthritis, fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition that prevents you from moving your muscles and joints freely.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, meaning it usually lasts a lifetime. Fortunately, fibromyalgia is not a progressive condition, it will not worsen over time. In fact, fibromyalgia actually improves over time in some people. The condition is never fatal, and it does not cause lasting damage to your muscles, joints, or internal organs.
Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men. Most people with the condition receive a diagnosis of fibromyalgia during middle age, although symptoms can develop earlier in life.
Medical researchers have not yet discovered the underlying cause of fibromyalgia, but most believe many factors contribute to the development of the condition. Fibromyalgia may develop after a physically or emotionally stressful event, such as a car crash. The condition may be the result of repetitive injuries, illnesses, or genetics. Fibromyalgia develops spontaneously for some people.
Our chiropractor in Lexington provides safe, effective treatment for fibromyalgia. Treatment of fibromyalgia may include:
Chiropractic care, therapeutic exercise, and massage provide long-term relief from fibromyalgia without the risk for side effects associated with extended use of analgesics. Our chiropractor can also suggest lifestyle changes and provide nutritional counseling that may improve your symptoms of fibromyalgia. Many patients find relief by eating a nutritious diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough sleep and avoiding caffeine also helps.
If you have fibromyalgia, make an appointment with our Lexington Chiropractor. ChiroWorks Pain & Injury Treatment Center is conveniently located at 1412 North Boardway in Lexington, KY. Ur chiropractor, Robert W. Kirby, DC, has the training, diagnostic equipment, and experience you need for effective fibromyalgia treatment in Lexington. Make your appointment today by contacting us at 859-543-0252.