Guide to Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects millions of Americans. Although, it’s a condition with no cure. Chiropractic care, including laser therapy can effectively treat and manage symptoms. Learn more about fibromyalgia and how our team at Advanced Wellness Center in Richmond, VA, can help.


What Is Fibromyalgia and What Causes It?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects the bones and muscles, often leading to nerve pain, tenderness, joint pain, and chronic fatigue. It’s also known to cause the following listed below:

  • Stiffness
  • Numbness and tingling in the extremities
  • Sensitivity to light, temperature, odors, and noises
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Digestive trouble
  • Throbbing or burning pain

Yet, the root cause of this condition has not been identified. However, some studies have discovered that those with fibromyalgia tend to have neural pathway issues, which cause wrong messages to be sent to and from the brain.

As anyone can have issues with their neural pathways, there isn't one specific group suffering from fibromyalgia. However, some are more likely to experience this condition than others. These at-risk people include women, those with infections or ongoing conditions, and those with a family history of fibromyalgia.

How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?

There is no specific test that determines whether someone has fibromyalgia. It’s often misdiagnosed. Proper diagnosis requires ruling out other potential causes of the symptoms, such as thyroid problems. Once other conditions have been ruled out, fibromyalgia is commonly diagnosed.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Chiropractic care is beneficial for the entire neuromusculoskeletal system. In the treatment and management of fibromyalgia, care typically focuses on the following:

  • Increasing range of motion through adjustments and therapeutic exercise
  • Reducing pain by restoring alignment to the body and taking pressure off the soft tissues
  • Promoting better sleep by relieving discomfort and improving nervous system function
  • Reduced joint stiffness through manipulation and therapeutic exercise

Additionally, our team will guide you through exercises and other steps you can take at home to achieve optimal relief. We can also recommend specific nutritional foods to help ease any lingering symptoms. Laser therapy can also help with your condition.

Find Muscle and Nerve Pain Relief with Our Chiropractor

To learn more about the treatment and management of fibromyalgia through chiropractic care, including laser therapy, or to schedule your appointment, call our team at Advanced Wellness Center at (804) 673-9355 in Richmond, VA.

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