Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain throughout the entire body with no obvious cause or explanation. In addition to experiencing extreme widespread pain, patients with fibromyalgia also suffer from morning stiffness, unexplained referred regional pain, chronic fatigue, poor sleep patterns, chronic headaches and intolerance to cold weather. According to the National Arthritis Foundation, “Fibromyalgia diagnosis remains difficult because there are no current diagnostic laboratory tests to truly diagnose the condition.” Therefore, the mass majority of patients are left frustrated, ignored, or told they may have to live with the pain. This problem, in fact, can create more stress and additional worry in patients. Added long-term stress may actually result in increased worry regarding resolution, thus cyclically continuing to re-create the pain cycle.
At this point in time there’s no known medical cure for fibromyalgia, treatment is solely aimed at controlling the symptoms which have been generalized as, “an oversensitive nervous system that generates false alarms spontaneously or from ordinary non-painful stimulus which physiologists now recognize as nerves and muscles that can generate abnormal impulses and the technical term for this is super-sensitivity” says Dr. Chan Gunn MD. Fibromyalgia is sadly very misunderstood by the medical community, Fibroworld states, “the cause of fibromyalgia must involve one or more abnormalities by which the central nervous system interprets pain signals.”
At Elledge Chiropractic and Acupuncture we are often asked, “how do chiropractors treat and manage fibromyalgia?” Chiropractors recognize the fact that, “fibromyalgia arises as referred pain from neck and back issues, and underlying spinal problems, and needs correction to obtain improvement,” according to Health News.
Chiropractic has been proven to be extremely safe, drug-free and massively effective in treating neurological and spinal nerve based conditions, such as fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome. Dr. Cody Elledge, in Oklahoma City, uses focused, contemporary techniques, to remove and locate spinal nerve interference by gently adjusting the spine. Removing this pressure from spinal nerves will, over time, correct nerve interference or restore proper nerve function, thus reducing hypersensitivity to pain stimuli and giving patients much needed relief and long-term stability.
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