Fibromyalgia Treatment in Bel Air, MD
How do I know if I have Fibromyalgia?
Most patients come to our office with this diagnosis already form a medical doctor. When we say we treat Fibromyalgia we really should say we treat and prevent flare ups caused by this chronic disorder.
How do you Treatment Fibromyalgia?
Our doctors will form a plan with chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy and massage therapy.
- Chiropractic adjustments – the goal is to allow all nerves to function properly without any restrictions caused by misalignment of vertebrae in the spine. Adjustments will align the spine to insure proper nerve function. Adjustments are gentle and safe and have no side effects.
- Physical Therapy- at first it may seem counter-intuitive to exercise sore and spasmed muscles, but that is exactly what they need. Now, we are not talking Cross fit or training for a marathon here, but slow, focused exercises designed to “pump out “the inflammation. When combined with the chiropractic adjustments it’s like having the “secret sauce”.
- Massage Therapy – a licensed massage therapist will use many massage techniques to release chronic patterns of muscular tension. Massage therapy can decrease pain, increase mood, and decrease the need for pain medicines
Not all chiropractors treat patients the same. We have heard many times “I have tried chiropractic before and it didn’t work”. We say, “Try again!” Our therapies and treatment plans are as varied as the patients that need them. Our staff will listen to the patient on each visit and change the therapy based on how the patient responded.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
This is not an easy answer. The medical community has not yet answered the question. There are many symptoms that are associated with the chronic disorder.
…Yes you CAN!
Gen. Halstead conquered fibromyalgia, so can you!
After 27 years of service, decorated U.S. Army Brigadier General Becky Halstead (Retired), the first female West Point graduate in U.S. history to command at the strategic level in Iraq and Afghanistan, decided to retire after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia – a medically unexplained syndrome affecting the muscles and connective tissues. Currently, the disease affects as many as 12 million Americans and has been reported two times as prevalent in deployed veterans (Annals of Internal Medicine, June 7, 2005, Vol. 142 No.11).
“Agonizing pain, debilitating fatigue, joint stiffness and sleep deprivation-you name it and I felt it,” says Halstead. “There I was in Iraq, responsible for over 20,000 military men and women, and I privately struggled to physically keep myself going.”
Initially, Halstead was prescribed every drug imaginable, though the pills only masked the pain and resulted in a spiral of reactions affecting her psychological and physical health. It wasn’t until a close friend suggested chiropractic that she was able to find relief and return to a normal, nearly pain-free life. She discovered that the comprehensive treatment of chiropractic care improves joint motion, reducing and in some cases eliminating the pains and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia – such as fatigue, sleep deprivation and depression.
“Chiropractic treatment helped improve my whole outlook on dealing with this chronic ailment,” she says. “The spinal adjustments along with the postural and nutritional advice I received helped to treat the fibromyalgia and allowed me to have many days with minimal pain — and most days without any medications. The care of a doctor of chiropractic was life changing for me.”
Today, Brig. General Halstead has made it her personal mission to educate others suffering with fibromyalgia – and to consider consulting with doctor of chiropractic, as she did.
Gen. Halstead beat Fibromyalgia, and you can too!!!
What does Science say?
- 60% of the subjects who were treated with chiropractic care experienced a significant improvement – with respect to pain reduction, improved sleep and decreased fatigue.
- Chiropractors are trained as neuromusculoskeletal specialists, and one of the main focuses of chiropractic care is the positive effects it can have on a person’s nervous system.
- In a Florida State University study, patients who combined PT and chiropractic treatment two times a week saw improvements in their symptoms, flexibility, balance, coordination and endurance.