Fibromyalgia and Your Local Chiropractor!

Is Chiropractic care the thing for you? Chiropractic care is becoming increasingly popular among fibromyalgia sufferers because of the pain and stress relief that you receive from it. Many fibromyalgia patients suffer from a condition called upper cervical spinal stenosis. This causes the coverings of the upper spine, known as meninges, to become compressed. This can cause severe, debilitating pain all over the body, Chiropractors can adjust the head and neck so the spine is no longer compressed, helping to relieve the widespread pain. If you have fibromyalgia you can decide for yourself if it could possibly be a effective treatment for you.

Chiropractic care is often termed an alternative treatment like acupuncture and message therapy. It was frowned upon by the medical community, it is now becoming a more accepted treatment by mainstream medical physicians. 20% of men and women have used the services of a chiropractor at some point in their lives and 80% of those report significant pain relief, better functioning and an increased sense of overall wellbeing.

Chiropractic care is based on the theory that illness and pain are cased by misalignment of your muscle skeletal system. It sees the body as a connected system, which relies on your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons to keep it functioning efficiently. When your skeletal structure is sound, your body should feel healthy and happy. If parts of your skeleton are slightly off balance, it could cause serious problems, like chronic pain. Chiropractors aim to solve pain and related symptoms by correcting the imbalances in your skeletal structure. Through a series of techniques, including stretches, adjustments, and manipulations, your chiropractor will restore your skeletal balance, thereby eliminating some of your symptoms.

The most popular chiropractic technique depending upon the type of chiropractor you see, is manipulation. Manipulation usually consists of a short, quick thrust to one of the vertebra in your spine, achieved through twisting, turning or hand pressure. Thus causing the vertebra to shift back into its proper place. There are basically two types of chiropractor techniques, the straight and the mixers. The straight chiropractors adhere more to the original teachings of chiropractic medicine. They use manipulation to restore body function and relieve pain. The mixers are chiropractors who combine techniques of manipulation and adjustment along with other holistic techniques. These include diet, exercise and massage. The majority of chiropractors are mixers.

Yes, I go to a chiropractor and have for years (since my car accident in 1983). My chiropractor is a mixer. She encourages a good diet, light exercise (like yoga) and deep tissue massage therapy. She does her manipulations with an activator. The activator is a small handheld spring-loaded instrument which delivers a small impulse to the spine. Giving off no more than 0.3 of kinetic energy in a 3-millisecond pulse. It is like a really quick repetitive cap gun, without the caps. The aim is to produce enough force to move the vertebra but not enough to cause injury. She also uses a body relaxer machine. A high power electric motor which vibrates a massage plate. She works the massage plate over the back allowing for extra attention to be paid to a single area, as needed. Chiropractic adjustments help me. My body gets all locked up and tense. The chiropractor helps me to feel relaxed and all unkinked. It helps me feel like I am standing up straight, even with my scoliosis. I am lucky to have found a great chiropractor, they are not all the same. The type of technique you like will very from person to person. I like the activator as opposed to the hand manipulation. There are six different types of techniques. Manipulation, which is the most familiar. The Activator, the applied Kinesiology, the Thompson, the sacro-occipital and the Cox flexion/distraction. Before making an appointment with a new chiropractor, ask what type of technique they use and do some research on that one to see if you’ll like it. About 70% use an activator, some with the manipulation technique.

In the U.S. chiropractic is the largest alternative medical profession. It is the 3rd largest doctored profession, behind medicine and dentistry. I would say give it a try…see what you think. Make sure you check with your medical professional first though. Your fibromyalgia pain can’t wait.


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This is a blog for all Fibromyalgia sufferers. I have fibromyalgia myself. I blog about my fibro health and life. The problems I have with Fibromyalgia and how I solve them. I write about therapies, medications and the life itself, as a disabled person who wants to be thought of as normal. I have two children, they both live at home with me. Both boys they are 22 and 18 years of age. I also have at home three dogs and two cats. Yes, sometimes it’s like a zoo around here. I live in California. I am surviving on Social Security Disability Insurance and marketing online. It has been slow going but I am making it work. I am no longer able to work outside the home because of the fibromyalgia. I used to be a Loan Officer for a large mortgage company. I also have a Real Estate license. I use to be a very busy person. The fibromyalgia has taken a lot out of me. As I am sure it has for you too. So I write for you, the hurting and disabled with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, and all the other symptoms we so boldly carry. My hope is that you’ll get some value out of this blog. Always feel as if you can comment on my views. I would love to hear some interaction from my readers. I have created the site to truly help people that are experiencing difficulty in their own lives with Fibromyalgia. Many people in America and all over the world are suffering from this disease. This site is dedicated to helping provide the most up to date information about living and coping with Fibromyalgia in your everyday life. I am not a doctor, nor am I licensed to give medical advice in any way. Any information you find on my blog is strictly an opinion and should not be taken as medical advice. You are responsible for any information you use from this site in your own life. Please talk with a licensed, medical professional before making any important decisions about your health or illness. Thank you. Sincerely, April Baldner (myfibrolife)