Many people suffer from the distressing condition of fibromyalgia every year. Fibromyalgia is a debilitating disorder that can severely limit the basic movements and functions of an individual. It is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points.
Fibromyalgia causes tightening of muscles and makes them lose some of their pliability, thereby leading to a global loss of movement in the spine. Further, this loss of spinal movement results in a neurological reflex causing the muscles to tighten up even more. It creates a cycle that over time leads to heightened pain, loss of movement, increased muscle tightness, more trouble with sleeping and an increased number of trigger points. The emergence of new trigger points not only worsens the symptoms, but also makes them flare up more often.
Apart from pain and fatigue, people suffering from fibromyalgia may face sleep disturbances, headaches, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, extreme numbness or tingling, restless legs, temperature sensitivity as well as memory and cognitive disorders.
Fibromyalgia is actually caused by changes in the body’s metabolism due to a stress-induced reduction in the blood flow to a section of the brain known as the pituitary. This can further lead to a decrease in some essential hormones, such as the thyroid stimulating hormones, growth hormone and somatropin. These hormonal changes are extremely unhealthy for the body as they may lead to borderline or full-blown hypothyroid, abnormal muscle healing, as well as memory and cognitive changes.
At Dallas Pain and Wellness, our healthcare providers hold the utmost experience and expertise when it comes to providing you with the right care and treatment for fibromyalgia. At the initial session, we will perform a complete health checkup and physical assessment to determine your symptoms and condition. It may include evaluating the spine alignment, palpate muscles, and predetermined tender points in order to assess your condition. Other tests may be performed including complete blood count, kidney or liver tests, level of cholesterol, thyroid, rheumatoid factor, anti-CCP antibodies tests as well as X-ray.
Our specialists adopt a treatment approach that involves getting familiar with your muscular changes experienced with fibromyalgia, thereby adjusting the complete treatment regimen according to your specific needs. By making adjustments to the spine for improving its alignment, as well as incorporating soft tissue work, we will work towards reducing your painful pressure points. For spinal adjustments and promoting better joint movements, our care providers may use hand adjustments, gentle stretching or pressure, multiple gentle movements of one portion as well as manual therapies. The adjustments are typically very effective in helping your bones to return to a more normal position, thereby relieving your pain