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The jury is still out when it comes to identifying the cause of fibromyalgia. Medical research is still being done to investigate its causes. The cause of fibromyalgia is pure speculation. Many professionals in the medical community believe physical trauma, emotional stress or genetics play a role in this disease. Others have speculated that lower levels of brain neurotransmitter, called serotonin, reduces the body’s natural endorphin painkillers and leads to an increased sensitivity to pain. Fibromyalgia is much more common in women than men. As a matter of fact, 90 percent of fibromyalgia cases are women. This may be due to hormonal changes or the fact that women have lower levels of serotonin in the brain than men.
Many people with fibromyalgia experience non-restorative sleep. Even when getting many hours of sleep, they don’t feel energized. Continual fatigue, unexplained pain in muscles and joints and tender points are also common symptoms of fibromyalgia. Even light pressure can cause pain on trigger points. Common trigger points include upper chest, top of shoulders, hips, knees, back of head and outer elbows. This chronic disorder can wreak widespread pain throughout the body.
There is really no known cure for fibromyalgia, but Dewald Chiropractic offers a wide array of services to help manage this chronic disorder. Dr. Dewald takes a multi-faceted approach for those suffering from fibromyalgia. He completes a physical exam to check for trigger points, takes a full medical history and makes an anecdotal record of patients’ symptoms. Once a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is made, he creates an individualized treatment plan to help patients manage symptoms. Patient treatment plans may include spinal adjustments, physiotherapy, massage therapy and nutritional counseling. Each treatment modality is designed to work together for optimal patient outcome.
With spinal adjustments, the spinal components are properly realigned to reduce nerve and joint pain. Physiotherapy includes physical therapy and therapeutic exercises to build strength and increase mobility. Massage therapy helps reduce pain due to trigger points and also relaxes the muscles. And with nutritional counseling, patients learn all about healthy food choices and natural supplements to support and maintain good health.
If you’ve suffering from fibromyalgia, turn to Dewald Chiropractic in Palmdale for an effective treatment plan to manage this chronic disorder. Give us a call at 661-266-3500 to set up an appointment today.