What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia has become one of the most common chronic pain conditions. Fibromyalgia is defined as the presence of multiple areas/points of pain and tenderness throughout the body. These areas can be sensitive to the slightest amount of pressure and touch.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia symptoms are known to begin after physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event. Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.
The Chiropractor's Approach
A chiropractor can help in several ways. We use manual therapies with gentle pressure and stretching. These therapies help return spinal vertebrae to normal positions and alignments which relieves pain and restores normal range of motion. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications and therapies can help control symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction measures may also help.
In a 2000 study, A statistically significant lessening of pain intensity and corresponding improvement in quality of sleep and fatigue level were observed after 15 and 30 treatments by a chiropractor.
At Delaware Injury Care we use multiple types of gentle treatments to help our fibromyalgia patients. Dry hydromassage is delivered by a powerful quality spa pump, sending water through jets in a circular motion. This imitates the action of powerful hands, expertly kneading the entire contact surface of the body, and capturing the power of one of nature's most awesome forces – water!
Laser Therapy is the use of laser energy to create therapeutic effects. Research has shown that these effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increase circulation and decreased swelling.