What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic disorder involving widespread pain
and sensitivity in the entire musculoskeletal system. In addition to pain,
patients will also report long-term fatigue, disturbed sleep and mood.
With the cause still not known, and with no proven prevention, or known cure,
treatment is typically aimed at symptom management.
Chiropractors are trained as neuro-musculoskeletal specialists, and evidence
suggests that those with FM consult chiropractors quite regularly…but does
chiropractic work for them? Some recent studies indicate it does.
In one example, chiropractors surveyed Fibromyalgia patients before, during
and after a series of treatments to see if they responded favourably to
chiropractic adjustments. 60% of the subjects in the study said they experienced
a significant improvement with regard to pain reduction, improved sleep and
decreased fatigue. What was especially encouraging was that these improvements
were maintained in a 1-month follow up.
In recent weeks, we have been treating a holidaymaker with FM at our clinic
and he too has responded very well. After the first session, he reported feeling
better and, despite recent unusual chilly weather (Fibromyalgia sufferers prefer
warmer conditions), he now feels able to do more and enjoy his holiday…and, of
course, I am happy to see a satisfied patient.
If you are suffering from the pain and discomfort of Fibromyalgia and think
Chiropractic or Chinese Tuina could help ease your discomfort and improve your
lifestyle, please come and see us at AlgarveChiro & Tuina. You can make
an appointment by calling 920290142.