Unexplained Pain and Fatigue?
Fibromyalgia affects the muscles and soft tissue. The word Fibromyalgia is derived from three words: fibro, which is Latin for fibrous tissue; myo, which is Greek for muscle; and algia, also Greek and meaning pain. It is a chronic syndrome which covers symptoms including muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. More than 12 million Americans are afflicted by Fibromyalgia. Women are 10 times more likely to get this disease than men. Most of them range in age from 25 to 60 years old. Fibromyalgia is the result of stress-induced changes to your metabolism and healing process. It usually appears in a slow, creeping fashion.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia causes your body to ache everywhere. You may also experience horrible fatigue. Certain spots on your body may be very painful to touch. You might also experience swelling, disturbances in your sleep, and mood swings or depression.
Your muscles might feel like they have been overworked or pulled, even without exercise. Your muscles might also twitch, burn, or have deep stabbing pain.
Other Fibromyalgia symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Chronic headaches
- Dryness in mouth, nose, and eyes
- Hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat
- Inability to concentrate (called “fibro fog”)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet
Treatment for Fibromyalgia
Are you tired of your chronic pain? Chiropractic treatment at Manago Chiropractic has proven to be an effective non-pharmaceutical treatment for relieving the chronic pain of Fibromyalgia and will help patients regain their mobility and quality of life. Fibromyalgia causes muscles to tighten and lose their natural pliability, which triggers the spine to decrease its own flexibility, which leads the muscles to tighten even more. It is a vicious cycle that can get worse and worse, causing ever greater pain.
Treatment plans are designed based on exact measurements to determine your particular needs. The treatment is done with 6 ounces of pressure rather than any traditional Chiropractic manipulation that could irritate the muscles’ susceptibility to injury and the longer than normal healing time usually required to get rid of this problem.
Therapeutic massage manipulates the muscles and soft tissues of the body and helps ease deep muscle pain. It also helps relieve pain of tender points, muscles spasms, and tense muscles.
Myofascial Release Therapy, which works on a broader range of muscles, can gently stretch, soften, lengthen, and realign the connective tissue to ease discomfort.
Trigger Point Therapy can alleviate the knots in your muscle fibers that have gone into spasms.
The American Pain Society recommends moderately intense aerobic exercise at least two or three times a week. They also endorse clinician-assisted treatments, such as hypnosis, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and chiropractic manipulation for pain relief.
Along with alternative therapies, it’s important to allow time each day to rest and relax. Relaxation therapies — such as deep muscle relaxation or deep breathing exercises — may help reduce the added stress that can trigger fibromyalgia symptoms. Having a regularly scheduled bedtime is also important. Sleep is essential to let the body repair itself.
The team at Manago Chiropractic will provide a specialized treatment plan for Fibromyalgia patients. Call us today at (949) 245-7900 to schedule your free consultation!