While there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, there are several treatments effective for easing symptoms and enhancing your quality of life. Dr. Brad Dahalger is a Noblesville, IN chiropractor offering non-invasive, drugless methods of managing fibromyalgia symptoms with approaches that include chiropractic care, exercise and nutrition.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a chronic pain syndrome causing widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep problems and a host of additional symptoms. Between 3-6% of Americans are believed to have fibromyalgia and the syndrome is significantly more common in women than in men. The exact causes of fibromyalgia are still a mystery and ongoing research is being conducted in attempts to locate the exact cause(s) and a cure. Researchers have postulated some potential causes including imbalanced brain chemistry, over-sensitized nerve cells and disrupted sleep cycles that prevent proper hormone release.
Fibromyalgia symptoms may emerge after a traumatic event like a car accident, a fall or another injury. Sometimes the onset of the condition can be insidious, meaning it develops gradually.
The word "syndrome" in "fibromyalgia syndrome" implies that the condition encompasses a spectrum of symptoms. Not every patient will have the same experience but common fibromyalgia symptoms include:
- Muscle pain, stiffness, and spasms
- Tender points situated around the shoulders, hips, knees, elbows, chest, and neck
- Swelling sensations in the feet and hands (without actual swelling)
- Migraine and tension-type headache
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD, TMJ)
- Jaw pain
- Back pain
Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia
Chiropractic care has become a very popular choice of treatment for FMS patients. Since your Noblesville chiropractor, Dr. Dahlager, is interested in a holistic approach to your health, he is able to address a variety of fibromyalgia symptoms while offering patients strategies for natural chronic pain management through spinal care, nutrition, exercise and more. Studies have demonstrated that chiropractic care can help patients in the reduction of fatigue, disability, back pain, neck pain and myofascial (muscle) pain. Chiropractic adjustments can break up fibrous adhesions causing pain (trigger points), promote blood flow to damaged tissues, initiate the release of anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body and help to restore proper spinal alignment for maximum neurological integrity.
How Can Your Noblesville Chiropractor Help Fibromyalgia?
Dr. Brad Dahlager can help FMS patients in Noblesville find relief from musculoskeletal pain, headache, fatigue and the other symptoms of FMS. After your initial appointment and examination, and if yours is a case that he is confident that he can help, Dr. Dahlager will create an individualized treatment plan that may include nutritional counseling, chiropractic adjustments, custom fitted orthotics, a targeted exercise regimen or patient education and home care to assist you. Dr. Dahlager will also happily work with your existing healthcare providers and extend the highest-quality, coordinated care in Noblesville.
Dr. Dahlager is committed to easing your fibromyalgia symptoms and to enhancing your quality of life in spite of the condition. How much longer will you let your Fibromyalgia dictate how you'll live your life? Call Noblesville Family Chiropractic to schedule your appointment and begin to reclaim your health today.
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