Chiropractic Care for People with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a poorly-understood disease that can have a profound effect on those who suffer from it. Medical experts do not know about the causes and mechanisms of the illness, but a number of treatments have been designed to help patients deal with the pain and fatigue that is common with the condition.

Chiropractic treatment offers another method of dealing with these symptoms.

Understanding Fibromyalgia

Up to 12 million Americans, over 2,000 in Boulder, Colorado alone, have the condition called fibromyalgia. The disease can be difficult to diagnose, and patients often must wait until all other possible illnesses are ruled out before getting a definitive diagnosis.

Fibromyalgia is characterized by increased pain threshold at particular points of the body, debilitating fatigue, anxiety and depression. It can also cause increased sensitivity to cold and heat, irritable bowel syndrome, incontinence, abdominal pain and numbness in the fingers or feet.

Fibromyalgia is 10 times more likely to occur in women than in men.

Typical Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Certain types of medication are usually prescribed by medical doctors to help relieve some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella are the most common prescriptions given to patients. A number of other pain relievers are used to treat the frequent pain symptoms of fibromyalgia.

However, some patients often use a variety of alternative medical treatments, in addition to supplement these pharmaceutical methods.

As my patients know, at our office we do everything we can to relieve symptoms without resorting to drugs, since most drugs that are prescribed only mask symptoms, not deal with the root cause. Chiropractic manipulation has been found time and time again to be useful for pain management by the National Institutes on Health, and many patients rely on it to treat the chronic pain symptoms that are characteristic of the condition.

How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help

Patients in chronic pain can live in a constant state of muscle contraction and misalignment.

Chiropractic treatment helps to realign the spine and pelvis.

It can also aid in reducing pain from exercise therapies that are often recommended for fibromyalgia patients. The manipulation helps to reduce stress and relieve pressure on muscles and joints. The patient experiences less pain, requires less medication and can enjoy normal activities to a greater extent.

Patients report a significant reduction in headaches, muscle spasms and back pain.

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Fibromyalgia Patient Testimonial

Before I came in for my consultation, I was having widespread pain throughout my whole body due to my fibromyalgia. I had constant neck pain, headaches, muscle spasms and pain in my upper and lower back. After 2 years of getting deep tissue massages and muscle manipulations with no relief, my sister referred me to Dr. Schnelle.

The staff at Choice Chiropractic & Wellness Center is very friendly and you can really tell that they care about each individual patient. I like that they create an individual treatment plan for your specific problem and approach it with detail and care. After only 1 month of care with Dr. Schnelle I had great results. I don’t have much pain anymore and would say that the pain has decreased by about 50%. My neck pain and headaches are almost completely gone, and my body feels like it is functioning better. I would highly recommend Dr. Schnelle to anyone.*


*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person and are not guaranteed.

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