Fibromyalgia is a commonly heard of disease, though not many people really know much about it. It is known as a central sensitivity syndrome, where “the central nervous system amplifies sensory input across many organ systems,” resulting in chronic and widespread pain (Fleming). Fibromyalgia is known by most as a chronic disease that results in fatigue, muscle pain & stiffness, trouble sleeping, headaches, numbness and tingling in extremities, cognitive problems, and more. The specific cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, as individuals from all walks of life with a large variety of other symptoms and experiences have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Some common ideas about the causes of this disease include a traumatic event (like a car accident), repetitive injury, and certain diseases or illnesses.
Charlotte Chiropractic for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia
Being that fibromyalgia is a disease influenced by the central nervous system, chiropractors are incredibly interested in the possible causes and potential cures of a currently incurable disease like fibromyalgia. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord and is largely responsible for controlling the body’s internal functions, external actions, and more. While some central nervous system problems may not be linked to the spine, any misalignment in the spine will result in a problem with the central nervous system, and this includes fibromyalgia.
Study Findings on Fibromyalgia
Due to the confusion behind the causes of fibromyalgia, many scientific studies have been done to further explore the lifestyle and experiences of those suffering from this disease. While a singular cause still has not been pinpointed, several important findings have surfaced from these studies.
One important discovery shows that neurotransmitters that facilitate pain transmission were elevated in both the cerebrospinal fluid and the brain in those suffering from fibromyalgia. Another study noted the relationship between tender points and posture, noting that after posture was corrected with chiropractic care, the related tender points were no longer complaints. Multiple other studies found that gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments on fibromyalgia sufferers resulted in better range of motion in their cervical and lumbar spine, in addition to a significant lessening of pain and an improvement in fatigue and sleep disturbances.
Can Chiropractic Help with Fibromyalgia?
When we look at the symptoms of fibromyalgia and the areas of the body that they affect, we see that each area can be traced back to the spinal cord and the central nervous system. So it makes sense that if there is a subluxation in the spine, the nerves near that vertebra are affected, leading to dysfunction in the body.
While more studies are needed to prove the generalized positive effect of chiropractic on fibromyalgia relief, several Charlotte chiropractors and others across the US have experienced first-hand the healing power of chiropractic for fibromyalgia sufferers. Practice members have experienced relief from chronic pain, sleep disturbances, cognitive struggles, headaches, emotional stresses, joint stiffness, nausea, skin complaints, muscle twitches, vision problems, urinary issues, and more, all from gentle, scientific, chiropractic adjustments.
If you are suffering from chronic pain from fibromyalgia, don’t hesitate any longer to schedule an appointment with Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor.
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