Imagine having to live with fatigue, tendon and joint pain all the time. Imagine your body full of “tender points” on your neck, shoulders, chest, rib cage, lower back, thighs, knees, elbows and buttocks along with increased sensitivity to pain, heat, cold, touch and bright lights. As if the above weren’t bad enough you may have sleeplessness, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, irritable bladder, “brain fog,” depression and/or anxiety.
Sounds terrible, doesn’t it?
That’s what people who suffer from fibromyalgia must endure. Millions of people, the majority being women, suffer from fibromyalgia. No one knows what causes it and why more women than men suffer from it. No one knows why the number of sufferers is growing.
Current research suggests that fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system. People with fibromyalgia appear to have abnormalities in the chemical compounds (neurotransmitters) that transmit nerve impulses. They also have, on average, four times as much nerve growth factor as people without the disorder. This suggests that fibromyalgia is a problem of central nervous system hypersensitivity. Because chiropractic care is based on the theory that an individual’s health is controlled by the state of his or her central nervous system, chiropractors, who are experts in this area, are especially well suited to help patients reduce their fibromyalgia symptoms.
Because fibromyalgia causes numerous tender points all over the body, many fibromyalgia patients suffer from back pain, neck pain, and leg cramps. In an attempt to solve these problems, many sufferers have looked to chiropractors. Because simple adjustments to the spine can restore the carriage of the whole body, a lot of fibromyalgia patients find that alignments of the spine can significantly reduce pain all over their bodies.
If you know someone who suffers then please pass on this information!