What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a particularly frustrating condition. Marked by chronic pain felt throughout the body, it can seem to take over a person’s life. Its effects are so widespread, it is often misdiagnosed as different ailments, further complicating treatment. Worse yet, there is currently no cure. Fortunately, recent research has shed light on the condition and identified ways to manage it.
Fibromyalgia is thought to be a dysfunction in how the brain interprets and responds to pain. Leading theories suggest that pain signals within the brain are reinforced, essentially staying on or amplifying the sensation.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown, however some risk factors have been identified. Genetics seem to play a role, as the condition tends to run in families. Women are affected at a higher rate than men. Infection and illness have been linked to the onset of symptoms. Sometimes the pain develops after experiencing a trauma, like an injury or surgery. For other people, it emerges gradually with no obvious triggering event.
Ongoing research is studying the relationship between fibromyalgia, muscle pain and myofascial trigger points.
Learn more about other types of chronic pain.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Take note if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Widespread pain—on both sides as well as the upper and lower portions of your body
- Pain persists for over three months. It is typically a dull, constant pain
- Fatigue—you may feel tired even after a full night’s sleep
- Disrupted sleep due to pain
- Inability to concentrate or focus on mental tasks
If you are experiencing any these symptoms, we recommend you come in for a consultation. Make an appointment online anytime.
We are here to help
Our mission is to provide a timely and sustainable recovery. We practice a wide range of evidence-based techniques to aid in your recovery, customized for each patient.
The wide-ranging effects of fibromyalgia mean no two people experience it in exactly the same way. That’s why we customize treatment plans for each patient to help you regain control of your life. Your Chiropractor may suggest a regimen of home care, including stress management techniques, exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes to help manage your condition, in addition to the following treatments available in our office.
Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment to help restore your full range of motion.
Therapy modalities such as cold laser or electric stimulation to minimize muscle tightness, pain, and swelling.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy to improve circulation and reduce pain.
Therapeutic stretching and exercises to increase your flexibility.
Irondequoit Chiropractic Center is proud to have serves the Rochester community for more than 20 years. You can schedule an appointment anytime by contacting our office.