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  • What is Chiropractic? Will it Help Fibromyalgia?

  • As a doctor of chiropractic and a clinical nutritionist with a practice in Mesa, Arizona, I have shared important information to friends, family, patients and students for years. Perhaps one of the most important pieces of the healthcare puzzle is to know: What is Chiropractic? And, for those with fibromyalgia, Will it help fibromyalgia?

    To first answer this important question regarding chiropractic one needs to understand what a chiropractor is and does. According to Chirofind.com “Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.”

    “The health conditions doctors of chiropractic address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient’s condition and arrive at a course of treatment. (In my Mesa AZ Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia Clinic this is what I do; and more.) Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying particular attention to the spine.”

    The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures and providers. This is where those suffering from fibromyalgia are often shorted. If you have fibromyalgia and your doctor fails to properly examine the spine, your fibromyalgia treatment may be incomplete.

    Chirofind continues “Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which influences every living tissue in your body. Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.”

    My Mesa AZ Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia Clinic also places an emphasis on nutrition and exercise, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. My fibromyalgia patients are given a customized treatment plan that incorporates these things.

    As a chiropractor and clinical nutritionist I do not use drugs or surgery. However, I do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated. I also will work directly with medical doctors, physical therapists and others as partners in health.

    So, can chiropractic help fibromyalgia? Absolutely! It can help fibromyalgia as well as many other problems too. If you live in the Mesa, AZ area and would like to see a Mesa, AZ chiropractor please call at 480-644-0644 or email us at clinic@drmlee.com.

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