What is fibromyalgia syndrome and what forms of traditional and alternative treatment exist? We’re going to review the symptoms of this chronic pain disorder briefly. Then we will look at four types of treatment for fibromyalgia. We will conclude with a natural form of care that is giving hope to many who prefer to find drug-free relief.
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Let’s get to know fibromyalgia a little better by taking a closer look at the symptoms of this condition. We’ll start with pain. This is the symptom that characterizes fibromyalgia. But did you know that there are certain points on the body where a patient is more likely to experience tenderness? In fact, applying pressure and getting a response from 11 or more of 18 preset fibromyalgia trigger points is the primary test a doctor will perform to diagnose this condition.
Where are the tender points located? They are in nine sets of two at the following locations:
There are plenty of other fibromyalgia symptoms including insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, depression and anxiety, vertigo, headaches or migraines, nausea, and the list goes on and on. Let’s take a look at four types of treatment for fibromyalgia, so you can stop dwelling on the symptoms and start feeling better as soon as possible.
There are plenty of pills that doctors. Prescribe for fibromyalgia. The main problem is that none of them were designed specifically as treatment for fibromyalgia. In fact, most of the prescribed medications are pain relievers, inflammation reducers, muscle relaxers, and antidepressants.
Each of these medications comes with its own list of side effects. Plus, fibromyalgia patients seem to have varying reactions to different drugs, so what works for a friend may do nothing for you and vice versa. So what can you do if you want to avoid pharmaceuticals?
Taking care of yourself can certainly help to reduce symptoms even though this is by no means a cure-all. What are some lifestyle changes that can benefit a fibromyalgia patient?
You may be referred to a specialist by your primary care doctor. What types of specialists are commonly involved in the treatment of fibromyalgia?
There are a number of different therapies that have been recommended for fibromyalgia. For example, some patients have received cognitive behavioral therapy in an effort to fight insomnia. Massage therapy has been recommended for relaxing tense muscles. Some have turned to acupuncture, a form of Chinese medicine. What we would like to introduce you to now is something that many people are finding effective – upper cervical chiropractic.
Upper cervical practitioners focus on the top two bones of the spine located at the base of the skull. As a result of their location, a misalignment may lead to inhibited blood flow to the brain or even issues with brainstem function. Either of these factors can lead to the onset of fibromyalgia symptoms. It is no wonder then that many patients have a head or neck injury in their past.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, why not give upper cervical chiropractic a try? This gentle and precise form of chiropractic has been able to help numerous patients in case studies. Some have even found complete resolution. Schedule a consultation with an upper cervical chiropractor near you to learn more.
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