We know that there are many doctors that do not believe in, or do not understand the problems and causes associated with fibromyalgia. The challenge that a fibromyalgia sufferer has in finding the right doctor for them is daunting. They know that they hurt, are tired, have headaches, are temperature sensitive, have brain fog and… the list goes on for a mile!
But what about your spine, is it important to your health? Is it a possible contributor to fibromyalgia? Can taking care of the spine really make a difference with my fibromyalgia? What would a chiropractor do to my spine to make me feel better? Could a chiropractor make me feel worse? These are important and honest questions I have heard asked many times. As a chiropractic physician I can assure you that your spine is an important link to the management of fibromyalgia.
Talking about your spine sounds pretty boring doesn’t it? But the importance of this structure cannot be ignored! So if it is so important then, why do we spend so little time talking about it and spend even less on properly caring for it?
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The Princeton Review explains why chiropractic care is essential for health and wellness; and may I add, why it helps with fibromyalgia:
“Chiropractic, although many times misunderstood, is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives. While typically thought of as ‘bone doctors’, chiropractors actually focus on the nervous system and painlessly, manually adjust the vertebral column in order to effect the nervous system.
According to Gray’s Anatomy, the nervous system is the master system in the body and controls and coordinates all other systems such as respiratory, digestive, muscular, immune and so forth. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, the spinal nerves that exit the vertebral column through openings on the sides of each vertebra, and all the peripheral nerves that branch off to serve organs, tissues, blood vessels, muscles etc. Information from the environment, both external and internal, goes through the spine to get to the brain. In the same manner, information and decisions made in the brain go through the spine to effect certain outcomes. It is a two-way flow of information.”
The Princeton article continues “The intention of the chiropractic adjustment is to remove any disruptions or distortions of this energy flow that may be caused by slight vertebral misalignments that we call subluxations. Chiropractors are trained to locate these subluxations and then to remove them, thereby restoring the normal flow of nerve energy in terms of both quality and quantity. The idea is that if the master system, which is the nervous system, is healthy and functioning well, then the other systems under its control will also function in a more optimal fashion. The philosophy of chiropractic is that health, not merely the absence of symptoms, comes from within the body, not from the outside. It is the innate, or inborn intelligence of our bodies, that does the healing. It is not the drugs, the surgeries or the physician/chiropractor that does the healing, but the body itself. It is the job and the great honor of the chiropractor to remove subluxations so that the power that made the body may heal the body.”
Chiropractic care for fibromyalgia is not only a good idea, it is an integral part of the management of this illness. When choosing a chiropractor for the treatment of fibromyalgia, or any doctor for that matter, look for a chiropractic doctor that understands the complex ins and outs of fibromyalgia. A chiropractor should be a valuable asset you can trust in your battle from fibromyalgia syndrome!