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Can Your Chiropractor Help with Your Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder that causes pain, fatigue and localized tenderness around joints and soft tissue. Because the pain can be significant, it can interfere with a person’s ability to carry on daily activities. Fibromyalgia is often difficult to diagnose, and not easy to treat. Physicians often rely on pharmaceutical interventions (anti-depressants, analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) combined with adjunctive treatments like physiotherapy or massage.

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Many people with fibromyalgia simply learn to live with chronic pain, often modifying their lifestyle or activities to accommodate their painful condition.

A recent study by Cairo University published in the medical journal Rheumotology International, however, promises new hope for fibromyalgia sufferers, by showing that chiropractic care can help improve fibromyalgia symptoms.

The study, which involved 120 people aged 40 to 65 who had suffered with severe fibromyalgia for four or more years, showed that chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for fibromyalgia.

The chiropractic care used on the study participants consisted of high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust to the C1-2 motion segment three times per week for the first month, which was then reduced to one session per week for the remaining eight weeks of the study.

Throughout the study, participants were asked about their pain level, functional abilities, workdays missed due to fibromyalgia symptoms, sleep disturbances, fatigue, depression, and mental health.

Study participants receiving chiropractic care showed statistically significant improvements over the control group which received no chiropractic care. The study concluded that adding chiropractic care as an adjunctive treatment to a patient’s fibromyalgia treatment regimen may offer better outcomes than simply treating fibromyalgia on its own.

So if you’re suffering from fibromyalgia, you may want to book an appointment with BodyMend’s chiropractic team to take advantage of the pain-relief benefits of

chiropractic care. Email us at info@bodymend.ca to book an appointment today!

Source: Moustafa IM, Diab AA. The addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology International 2015;35(7):1163-1174.

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