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Dr. Snyder Treats Fibromyalgia Pain

Managing pain can be a huge challenge when battling fibromyalgia. Medications usually don’t completely relieve symptoms or may cause adverse effects that make you feel worse and cause other health complications. Chiropractic care decreases your pain and may even reduce fatigue and improve headaches.

Pain from Fibromyalgia

Everything hurts when you have fibromyalgia. Pain is hard to treat because you never know where you’ll experience it next or how long a flare-up will last. Unfortunately, pain isn’t the only symptom of fibromyalgia. If you have the condition, you may also experience:

Woman suffers from chronic neck pain.
  • Stiff Muscles and Joints
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Irritable Bladder
  • Sleep Problems
  • Migraines or Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Memory and Concentration Problems
  • Jaw Pain
  • Tingling and Numbness in Hands and Feet
  • Depression or Anxiety

Although inflammation may seem like a likely reason your joints and muscles hurt, that may not always be the case. The condition might be related to an issue with the central nervous system, according to the American College of Rheumatology.

Pain involves a complex relationship between your brain and your nerves. Your nerves constantly send information to the brain via the spinal cord. Some messages help the brain identify the position of your limbs and keep you from falling. Others make it possible to feel heat from a hot oven and help you avoid a burn.

Nociceptors, nerve cells responsible for pain stimuli, also send signals to the brain. The brain determines if the stimuli are painful and decides how much pain you’ll feel. If there’s a problem during any part of this complex process, you may feel pain even if you haven’t injured yourself.

How Dr. Snyder Treats Fibromyalgia

At Snyder Family Chiropractic, Dr. Snyder commonly treats conditions that affect the nerves and understand how nervous system problems may play a part in fibromyalgia symptoms. Improving the function of your nervous system with chiropractic could help you control and decrease common symptoms.

Pressure on your nerves could be making your fibromyalgia symptoms worse. It’s difficult for signals to travel back and forth to the brain when nerves are compressed. If the nerves going to your stomach are compressed, you might experience indigestion or other stomach issues.  Compression of nerves going to your lungs could result in asthma.   Pressure on the nerves that serve your soft tissues could increase the pain you feel in your muscles.

Tight muscles or tissues or vertebral subluxations are possible causes of increased pressure on the nerves. A subluxation occurs when a vertebra in your spinal column becomes misaligned.

At Snyder Family Chiropractic, we offer several treatments that could ease your symptoms, including:

  • Spinal Adjustments involve the correction of misaligned spinal bones with an instrument or quick, hands-on movements. Realigning the vertebrae eliminates pressures on the nerves, improves your range of motion, and may ease your pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms. Australian researchers noted the positive effects of chiropractic in a study published in the Chiropractic Journal of Australia.  Those who received spinal adjustments during the research study reported less pain and fatigue, better overall health, and improved sleep quality after the treatments.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy. Dr. Snyder uses this therapy to gently relax sore muscles and tissues. Soft tissue mobilization eases pain, reduces stiffness and tender spots, and improves flexibility.

Chiropractic treatments set the stage for your body to release endorphins and serotonin, hormones that naturally ease pain. The hormones also help you feel relaxed, which could improve sleep quality and duration.

Regular visits to Snyder Family Chiropractic for spinal adjustments will help you keep your symptoms under control. As part of your treatment plan, Dr. Snyder may also recommend therapeutic exercises that will ease pain and stiffness and strengthen your muscles.

Are you ready to find out if chiropractic can reduce your fibromyalgia symptoms? Contact our office at 610-935-5900 to schedule an initial comprehensive examination.

References:

American College of Rheumatology: Fibromyalgia, 2/2023  https://rheumatology.org/patients/fibromyalgia

Chiropractic Journal of Australia: Chiropractic Treatment for Fibromyalgia, 3/13/2018  https://www.cjaonline.com.au/index.php/cja/article/view/193

CDC: Fibromyalgia, 5/25/2022  https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/types/fibromyalgia.htm

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease: Fibromyalgia  https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/fibromyalgia

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