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Posted on 12-06-2016
Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects the entire body. Its main symptom is muscle and skeletal pain, but patients also suffer fatigue and sleep issues, memory problems and mood disorders. The latest research seems to show that fibromyalgia amplifies symptoms by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. There are many approaches to treatment, but chiropractic care offers relief for a great number of patients.
The cause of fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose, but for many patients they begin to feel symptoms after surgery, infection, accidents and trauma or psychological stress. For other patients, the symptoms accumulate over time with no apparent cause. It's more common in women than in men, and it's often accompanied with TMJ disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, tension headaches, anxiety and depression. Because of this wide range of common symptoms, fibromyalgia is most often treated as a systemic problem.
With that in mind, chiropractic medicine's holistic approach to treatment is ideal for those suffering from fibromyalgia. This condition can cause many sore points all over the body, as well as neck and back pain and leg cramps. Patients are increasingly looking to chiropractor care for relief with these symptoms. Adjustments to the neck and spinal column can restore the body's carriage and posture to normal, allowing the body to heal itself and the painful symptoms to decrease or disappear.
As the condition progresses, many fibromyalgia patients develop upper cervical spinal stenosis, a condition where the coverings of the upper spine become compressed. This can cause severe pain throughout the body, greatly affecting the patient's ability to live a normal life. When a chiropractor adjust the patient's head and neck, it can relieve the compression and reduce or eliminate the widespread symptoms.
At Texas Chiropractic College, our students have ample hands-on experience treating patients with the multiple symptoms of fibromyalgia. They learn the newest and most advanced tools and techniques to successfully adjust a patient's body, beginning with classroom training and moving into work with local hospitals and clinics.
Students at our Pasadena, Texas, school are among the most highly trained in the country, and graduate well-equipped to care for patients with long term cases of fibromyalgia.