Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by widespread pain in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Some other problems commonly linked with fibromyalgia include fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety. Fibromyalgia can develop on its own, or secondary to other musculoskeletal conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus.
Diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires a history of at least three months of widespread pain, and pain and tenderness in at least 11 of 18 tender-point sites. These tender-point sites include fibrous tissue or muscles of the neck, shoulders, chest, rib cage, lower back, thighs, knees, arms and elbows, and buttocks.
The overwhelming characteristic of fibromyalgia is long-standing, body-wide pain with defined tender points. Tender points are distinct from trigger points seen in other syndromes (which can occur in isolation and are a source of radiating pain with or without direct pressure). Fibromyalgia pain can mimic the pain experienced by people with various types of arthritis. The soft-tissue pain of fibromyalgia is described as deep-aching, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning, and ranges from mild to severe. Fibromyalgia sufferers tend to waken with body aches and stiffness.
- Multiple tender areas
- Sleep disturbances
- Reduced exercise tolerance
- Body aches
- Chronic muscle pain or aching
How Chiropractic Therapy Can Help
Chiropractic care works on relieving pain and correcting complications, and has been found to be very successful in reducing neck, back, and leg pain quickly. Chiropractic therapy includes adjustments, simple manipulation, physical therapy, lifestyle recommendations, and nutritional recommendations. In addition, Dr. Forster draws on acupuncture and other therapies to tailor treatment for each patient.
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