Fibromyalgia Syndrome can be confirmed when a patient has experienced pain all four quarters of the body for a minimum of three months. The main symptoms are muscle pain and painful, ‘pressure points’. Other problems including poor sleep, difficulty with memory and concentration, extreme tiredness – and for female patients, (the problem is more common in women than in men), pain when menstruating.
Fibromyalgia can present on its own, or can be associated with other conditions. For women, these can include Endometriosis, Vulvodynia and Interstitial Cystitis. For all patients, it might include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) and inflammatory conditions affecting the bowel and digestive system.
Around 5% of the Australian population is estimated to suffer with some degree of Fibromyalgia. Practitioners at Eastland Family Chiropractic report that many patients are turning to Chiropractic for help after a diagnosis as biomechanical skeletal problems and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis can all make the symptoms worse. For patients already diagnosed, or for those who are still unsure, help and advice and the opportunity to discuss the options and alternatives for treatment is on hand. Call the practice on 03 9095 7990 and book an initial appointment today.
Fibromyalgia sufferers often attribute their symptoms to an accident, injury or traumatic event that has happened in the past or, to another problem that they are already suffering from (for example, a spinal condition such as Ankylosing Spondylitis or an immune system illness such as, Lupus).
Scientific research and evidence suggest that there may be a genetic predisposition to the syndrome and although no cause has been specifically identified, it is definitely the case that more than one family member may have the problem.
Why Chiropractic Can Be Of Benefit
The usual treatment options from a patient’s Physician may include medicines that relax muscles, aid sleeping and that have an anti-inflammatory action to assist in pain management.
More and more patients are turning to other alternatives and options available to them as any medication has potential risks, especially when it needs to be taken long term.
The low risk alternative treatments offered by Chiropractors at Eastland Family Chiropractic include Nutritional Biochemistry that offers patients a range of helpful dietary supplements and herbs as well as advice on diet and lifestyle in addition to the gentle Chiropractic adjustments that can relieve pain and improve mobility arising from biomechanical causes.
As an example, adjustments to the upper spine and head can relieve the pain caused by dysfunctions of the Upper Cervical Spine. Another problem for Fibromyalgia patients is pain from pressure points, soft tissue treatments can often relieve this.
The pain relief experienced after Chiropractic treatment, helps patients to get a better night’s sleep. Waking refreshed after a longer, deeper sleep also helps to with the problems of poor concentration, memory and focus, (often called ‘fibro-fog’).
Chiropractic does not offer a cure, or a complete solution for management of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. However, when used alongside the type of guidance offered at Eastland on changes to the diet, the addition of supplements and beneficial herbs, and the right type of exercises, it offers a holistic care plan. This may be used in conjunction with the medications prescribed by a patient’s physician and offers the prospect of very good relief of symptoms and consequently in enjoyment of everyday life.
Every patient is an individual and there is not a ‘one stop’ care plan for everyone; each Fibromyalgia patient will have an initial assessment. From this, a treatment program, specifically designed to meet their needs, can be determined. One thing is certain, patients often find that the holistic care plan offered by their Chiropractor helps them feel more empowered and confident about their future.