How Can Chiropractic Care Help With Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms?
Fibromyalgia is not very well understood by scientists and doctors, and though conventional pharmaceutical treatments work for some, they are not the answer for everyone. If you're been relying on conventional treatments for your fibro but are still suffering from symptoms such as lethargy, depression, and muscle soreness, consider seeing a chiropractor (such as one from Olson Chiropractic Centers). Many patients have found chiropractic care to be effective in managing their fibro symptoms. Here's how it can help.
Chiropractic care releases pressure on the muscles.
When your spine is out of alignment, the muscles across your back are placed under excess strain. The misaligned vertebrae may also press on nerves which control the muscles throughout the rest of your body. This pressure may contribute to the muscular pain and fatigue you feel as a part of your fibromyalgia. It may make the medications you're taking for your muscle pain less effective than they could be by prohibiting your muscles from fully relaxing.
By adjusting your back, your chiropractor can relieve this excess pressure on your muscles, which will help them relax and may help pain-relieving and muscle-relaxing medications you're taking have a more noticeable effect. Some patients find that once they start seeing their chiropractor, they don't need to use pain relievers at all – though you should certainly check with your physician before discontinuing use of any medications.
Chiropractic care enhances sleep.
When you're living with fibromyalgia, getting enough sleep can be tough. The pain keeps you awake, which makes your depression and lethargy worse, which makes the pain worse, which makes it hard to sleep again. Chiropractic care can help break this sleepless cycle. After an adjustment, your muscles will be more relaxed, so you'll have an easier time dozing off at night. The body also releases feel-good hormones like serotonin after a chiropractic adjustment – these help you sleep, too. Once you're able to get better sleep, your lethargy and depression symptoms should begin to improve even further.
Chiropractic care strengthens your immune system.
There's some evidence to suggest that fibromyalgia is related to a malfunctioning immune system. Chiropractic care is known to boost immune function by alleviating pressure on nerves that control immune function. So, as you go through regular chiropractic adjustments, you may find that your fibro symptoms as a whole begin to drop off in severity as your immune system recovers normal function.
If you're tired of living with fibro symptoms, talk to your chiropractor today. After just one appointment, you're likely to experience an improvement in muscle-related symptoms. And after a few treatments, you'll probably notice issues like depression and fatigue start to wane, too.