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Fibromyalgia

fibromyalgia

Stutman Chiropractic offers effective fibromyalgia treatment for patients in Takoma/Langley Park, Baltimore, and Laurel, MD.

What is Fibromyalgia Syndrome?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disorders, and a number of additional symptoms. An estimated 3-6% of Americans suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), with more women than men affected.

The exact causes of fibromyalgia are unknown. Patients may develop FMS after a physical trauma such as an auto injury, surgery, infection, or after a period of substantial psychological stress. In other cases, fibromyalgia is insidious, which means it develops slowly over time with no one triggering event.

To receive an FMS diagnosis, patients usually have widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body for a minimum of three months. They also have at least 11 tender points, typically located around the neck, shoulder, chest, hip, knee and elbow.

How Can Chiropractic Help Fibromyalgia?

Many patients with fibromyalgia use chiropractic care to manage symptoms such as shoulder pain, neck pain, and back pain. Our Baltimore chiropractors employ a number of strategies to alleviate symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia including chiropractic spinal adjustments, physical therapy, trigger point therapy dry needling, ultrasound therapy, massage, and BrainCore Therapy.

Medical studies have shown that chiropractic spinal adjustments can decrease pain intensity, reduce fatigue, and improve sleep quality in patients with FMS.

How Can Trigger Point Therapy Dry Needling Help?

Patients with FMS and other musculoskeletal conditions frequently develop trigger points. These hyperirritable points of pain are located deep in taut bands of muscle fibers. Tender points and trigger points are often confused. While tender points are sensitive to pain at even the lightest touch, trigger points require more pressure to elicit pain. Most patients with fibromyalgia have a mix of both tender points and trigger points.

Our Baltimore chiropractors use trigger point therapy dry needling to relieve trigger points, allowing damaged tissues to heal over time.

How Can BrainCore Therapy Help?

BrainCore Therapy, also called neurofeedback therapy, has been found to be effective for fibromyalgia in medical studies. Since fibromyalgia affects how the brain processes pain, patients may have disrupted brainwave patterns. By connecting patients to EGG, they can see a visual model of their brainwave patterns on a computer monitor. BrainCore Therapy enables patients to recognize disturbed brainwave patterns and develop strategies for controlling their response to stress and pain.

At Stutman Chiropractic, we're committed to improving the quality of life for patients in Baltimore, Laurel, and Takoma/Langley Park, MD. Call our office for effective management of fibromyalgia today.

References

Citak-Karakaya I, et al. Short and long-term results of connective tissue manipulation and combined ultrasound therapy in patients with fibromyalgia. Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics 2006;29(7):524-8.

Etsy ML and Perlman E. Neurotherapeutic treatment of fibromyalgia using EEG-based stimulation. Fibromyalgia Frontiers 2003; 11(4).

Panton LB, et al. Effects of resistance training and chiropractic treatment in women with fibromyalgia. Journal of Alternative and Complement Medicine. 2009 Mar;15(3):321-8. doi: 10.1089/acm.2008.0132.

Schneider M, et al. Chiropractic Management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics - January 2009 (Vol. 32, Issue 1, Pages 25-40, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2008.08.012)

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