How to Ease Painful Fibromyalgia Symptoms Through Chiropractic Care


ibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain, fatigue, poor sleep, and increased stress. And despite

having an unknown cause, it affects up to 10 million people in the United States alone. Because fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose, some health care providers find it hard to treat. But chiropractic care offers options that are known to reduce pain, improve sleep, and ease painful fibromy- algia symptoms.

Chiropractic Adjustments Fibromyalgia is marked by abnormal pain processing. If you suffer from this condition, you may have a central nervous system that doesn’t accurately receive pain signals. A potential cause of this could be misalignment. Vertebrae that are out of place can pinch or press nerves, interfering with your body’s electrical system. Your fibromyalgia may actually be indicating that your body is out of alignment! Chiropractic adjustments will realign

your spine and help your body reestablish a healthy connection to your nervous system. This is an important step in allow- ing the brain to process pain signals as it should.

Acupuncture Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese

medicine that has modern science behind it. Many people swear by it for help with any number of conditions, including fibro- myalgia. Acupuncture can help ease pain- ful fibromyalgia symptoms by causing the body to release endorphins, which are our natural pain relievers. In fact, research has shown that regular acupuncture can trans- form brain chemistry, creating a higher

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pain tolerance. Today, acupuncturists will use lasers, magnets, and electric pulses in addition to needles.

Nutritional Recommendations There are many nutritional changes

you can make to ease painful fibromyalgia symptoms. Cutting out sugars and pro- cessed foods, avoiding additives, and limiting caffeine can reduce inflammation in your body, which may help increase your energy and limit your pain. Foods that have good fats, like avocados, salmon, and olive oil can protect your nervous system. Including these foods in your diet will likely improve your pain response. Schedule a consultation with your local wellness physician. They can evalu- ate your current diet and make recom- mendations that will improve your fibro- myalgia symptoms—and help you feel better.

Herbal Medicine There has been promising research

connecting herbal supplements with an improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms. Many vitamins and supplements can dra- matically improve your overall health, and some will more specifically target your nervous system. A customized supplement regimen based on your unique health his- tory and symptoms will benefit you the most.

Ease Painful Fibromyalgia Symptoms for Good Fibromyalgia doesn’t have to be a

mysterious condition you suffer with for the rest of your life. Pain is a symptom, not a disease. By addressing the source of your faulty pain signals, you can reduce the amount of pain you feel, sleep better at night, and have more energy.

Written by Joe Draper, DC of Advance Wellness, 515 College Road, Suite 11, Greensboro. For more information, visit or call 336-316-0827 for an appointment. See ad on page 7.

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