A study on the effects of chiropractic treatment on patients with fibromyalgia was performed in Egypt. All participants of the study received education, participated in discussions, and an exercise program. Two groups were formed where one group received spinal manipulation and the other group did not. The chiropractic adjustments were made 3 times per week for the first month. The participants were asked to fill out surveys before, during and 1 year after the study to collect data on how they were feeling. The questionnaire scores were improved by at least 15%.
Common fibromyalgia symptoms are pain, fatigue, stiffness, disturbed sleep, and memory difficulties.
Many doctors and patients believe that fibromyalgia is a disease and the AMA is even changing its name such as to remove the “syndrome ” part of the name. However, it is my opinion and that of the most world renown Functional Medicine doctors, that fibromyalia is a symptom, a symptom of some other disease process or processes. Doctors who call themselves; integrative, functional, alternative or natural medicine practitioners, look for the root cause of the symptoms and diseases their patients present with. Through true cutting edge lab testing like cyrex, genova, thorough health history evaluation and applying treatments derived from the latest research they can often discover the reason for dysfunction and therefore help these patients recover their quality of life.
There are many possible causes of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Knowledgeable and practiced doctors know the incidence and order of likely causes based on experience and thorough evaluation, patient history and exams. A number of the causes could be food allergies, especially gluten, chronic infections; in the gastrointestinal ( GI ), teeth or systemic like Lyme, toxicities due to exposure or lifestyle, mold, chronic stress, heavy metal exposure, inflammation and hormone issues including thyroid. These issues left unchecked can also cause autoimmune diseases, celiac and bowel issues and hormone imbalances including thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, just to name a few. This is far from a complete list but is far further upstream than most conventional doctors look. People are told they have to just live with it and take medication at often doesn’t help the recover. This is not acceptable in my opinion for people to suffer needlessly if a cause can be found and removed. This way they can begin to heal.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia and have thought about natural alternative healthcare or chiropractic care, call us to schedule a consultation (706 – 369-3600) at Life Source Healing Center to see if we can help you find the cause of your suffering and help your body feel better in the meantime with chiropractic adjustments and massage.
Dr. Becky Laird DC