Living with fibromyalgia is tough, especially when you can't find the right treatment. The aches and pains make it difficult to get through a normal day, including work and home.
The key to staying ahead of fibromyalgia is not just one treatment; several therapies work together to decrease pain and improve your quality of life.
Dr. Jason Ablett and the team at Pinnacle Health Chiropractic offer conservative treatments for painful conditions like fibromyalgia.
Dr. Ablett is a board-certified chiropractor with significant experience helping patients decrease discomfort and improve mobility related to fibromyalgia.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a complicated medical condition that leads to pain throughout your body, fatigue, and tenderness. Living with fibromyalgia typically involves periods of remission and flare-ups, where the symptoms worsen for a while.
We don't completely understand what causes fibromyalgia, but it could be due to stressful events or other life changes. You're also more likely to experience fibromyalgia if your parents had it.
Living with fibromyalgia is difficult, especially during flare-ups. New muscle pain is often one of the first signs of fibromyalgia. But you can have other symptoms, too, some of which include:
- Muscle pain
- Migraines and headaches
- Depression or anxiety
- Face and jaw pain
- Digestive issues
- Bladder problems
If you're experiencing new muscle pain not related to an injury and fatigue, it's a good idea to have your healthcare provider evaluate you for fibromyalgia.
Five helpful treatments for fibromyalgia
Living with fibromyalgia doesn't have to mean tons of medications and expensive treatments; there are plenty of other options for pain relief. We use many of these treatments together to optimize your results.
Five of the most successful treatments that Dr. Ablett recommends for the treatment of fibromyalgia include:
1. Chiropractic adjustments
Fibromyalgia leads to widespread muscle pain and tension, where chiropractic adjustments can help. Dr. Ablett uses his expertise to manually manipulate knots in the fascia and muscles to quickly and efficiently relieve widespread pain.
2. Massage therapy
Massage therapy often goes hand-in-hand with chiropractic adjustments. They both work to loosen tight tissues and release discomfort from fibromyalgia.
Dr. Ablett may suggest massage therapy after a chiropractic adjustment to increase the relief of both treatments. You can also schedule massage therapy sessions regularly to keep muscles and fascia loose.
3. Rehabilitative exercise
Exercise is a great way to stay in shape, improve mood, and manage fibromyalgia symptoms. Dr. Ablett offers rehabilitative exercises to manage various conditions, including fibromyalgia pain, fatigue, and discomfort.
4. Stress management
According to the Arthritis Foundation, people with pain and stress experience more pain. Managing day-to-day stress is an essential aspect of managing fibromyalgia symptoms.
Biofeedback is a way to figure out how to control involuntary functions like muscle tension that cause pain and discomfort. It's a mind and body technique that helps you realize how to control certain aspects of fibromyalgia that lead to discomfort.
Typically, Dr. Ablett uses several of these treatments together to maximize relief. However, you may also benefit from medications like anti-seizure medications and antidepressants.
If you're living with fibromyalgia, don't hesitate to call our office today to consult Dr. Ablett or schedule an appointment online using the booking tool.