Fibromyalgia Pain? We Can Help! - Olathe Chiropractic

Fibromyalgia Pain? We Can Help!

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A woman that is in pain, especially in the abdomen as she lays in bed.

About 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This is a condition that affects the muscles and soft tissues of the body, causing pain, hypersensitivity to temperatures, incontinence, neuropathy and more. If you or someone you love has Fibromyalgia, there are professional therapies and at-home methods you can utilize to help relieve some of the debilitating symptoms. Learn more today!

 

Fibromyalgia 101

Have you ever had a sore muscle, especially after exercising? Now, try to imagine that you have that soreness or even chronic pain all over, all the time. This is just one symptom of fibromyalgia, although there are others such as abdominal pain, digestive issues (such as IBS), numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, and muscle stiffness. Some patients will get frequent headaches or migraines or dryness in the mouth, nose and eyes. It all depends on the patient.

 

However, fibromyalgia is commonly diagnosed because it is a pain condition, where patients generally experience pain all over the body. Fibromyalgia causes your body to ache everywhere and you may also experience horrible fatigue. Certain spots on your body may be very painful to touch. You might also experience swelling, disturbances in your sleep, and mood swings or depression. The muscles often feel like they have been overworked or pulled, even without exercise. They may also twitch, burn, or have deep stabbing pain.

 

More than 12 million Americans have fibromyalgia. Women are 10 times more likely to get this disease than men are. This condition can affect people of all ages (even the very young), but the most common age to develop it is between 25 and 60 years old. Fibromyalgia is the result of stress-induced changes to your metabolism and healing process. It usually appears in a slow, creeping fashion and is classified as a “syndrome” because it is more of a collection of many symptoms and can manifest differently from one person to another.

 

A collection of papers that say "fibromyalgia", pills and other items for pain relief.

Professional Help: How Do You Benefit?

There are higher rates for both injury and suicide in patients that have fibromyalgia. Patients are also shown to be much more sensitive to pain than a patient without fibromyalgia. Exercise is one of the ways that patients can find relief from side-effects such as depression and fatigue. However, because of muscle stiffness and tightening that can happen with this condition, it’s wise to seek professional help with exercises, stretches and therapies.

 

Professional therapies focus on helping the spine and joints have a greater range-of-motion to avoid injury. We use therapeutic massage to manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of the body and help ease deep muscle pain. This also helps relieve pain of tender points, muscle spasms and tense muscles. Myofascial Release Therapy is another that works on a broader range of muscles. It can gently stretch, soften, lengthen and realign the connective tissue to ease discomfort and pain.

 

Trigger point therapy focuses on the muscles of the body and the knots that build up in the muscle fibers. Those knots can not only be painful, but they can cause muscle spasms, atrophy and nerve damage when they are not removed properly. Cold Laser Therapy stimulates the tissues into healing and decreases pain sensations. A study of 846 fibromyalgia sufferers in 1997 and reported in the Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine and Surgery revealed that two-thirds of the group enjoyed less pain and more mobility following cold laser therapy. Another study in Rheumatology International in 2002 reported significant improvement in pain, fatigue and morning stiffness after cold laser therapy.

 

A young woman meeting with a medical professional about her fibromyalgia

What Can You Do At Home?

We have many different types of professional therapies that can help patients to have a better quality of life. If you know you have fibromyalgia or suspect that you do, start taking measures at home to relieve your symptoms and reduce their frequency. Coincidentally, these measures can also help with arthritis, diabetes and most other chronic conditions:

  • Exercise! Exercise as much as you are able to. The American Heart Association does place the recommendation at 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week. Split that into 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week to keep muscles and tissues healthy.
  • Get your rest. Not sleeping the recommended 7-9 hours at night? This could be making your fibromyalgia symptoms worse. Patients need to be getting adequate rest, as this helps with pain and symptoms all day long and can extend your life over time.
  • Eat well. Eating a poor diet will not only deprive you of nutrients that your nerves and cells need, but it can lead to weak muscles and bones. Eating well will give your body everything it needs to have proper cell repair and healing.
  • Learn more. If you have fibromyalgia, getting specific information about your condition is a great way to deal with your symptoms. Join an education class or self-management seminar in your community or online where you can have tips for fibromyalgia management. There may even be physical activity programs where you live (such as at our center) that can help you stay in shape while also treating your symptoms.

If you have fibromyalgia, don’t let it dictate your life! Call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087!

 

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