Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition whereas a person has muscle and joint pain as well as incapacitating fatigue. Because their body hurts and they feel tired all the time, depression can set in. Social isolation also tends to occur because they’re too in pain and tired to get out of bed and live their life. It has been estimated that some 12 million Americans suffer with fibromyalgia. It’s quite common in women between the ages of 25 and 60.
How do you know if you have fibromyalgia? Do you ache all over? Do your muscles feel weird, like they’ve been pulled? Is it hard to concentrate? How about headaches that don’t seem to go away, irritable bowel, and/or numbness in your extremities? Basically, when you feel pain “all over” rather than in a specific spot, you might have fibromyalgia.
When spinal vertebrae get out of their normal position, it’s like having a road with bridges where the bridges aren’t connecting and therefore traffic can’t get through like it should. Since the spine is the superhighway of the body, helping a person move around– or not– it may need chiropractic adjustments in order to function at its best.
A chiropractor can use hand adjustments to help apply pressure or stretch areas around your spine in order to return your bones to their rightful places. If your joints aren’t making their normal motion, and therefore causing you pain, a chiropractor can also use his or her hands to make adjustments so your body heals itself and gets back to normal function.
Overall, if you have fibromyalgia, a chiropractor can treat your pressure points and more so that your pain levels are reduced while increasing your ranges of motion. The less “in pain and tired” you feel, the more apt you are to get back to living the life you want to live.