Our Chiropractor In Clarksville and Erin Offers Fibromyalgia Treatment
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), or fibro, is a chronic pain disorder that causes widespread body pain. It is also difficult to diagnose and treat. However, chiropractic care at French Family Chiropractic is an effective pain management option for people battling neck or back pain caused by the disorder. With locations in Clarksville and Erin, TN, we're able to meet the needs of patients seeking drug-free pain relief.
Fibromyalgia and What Causes It
Doctors are not sure what triggers the condition. However, some researchers believe it starts from nervous system imbalances that cause the pain receptors to become more sensitive to pain. The patient may feel joint or muscle pain and tenderness in the back of the head or neck, front of the neck, upper or lower back, or these other trigger points:
- Upper buttocks
Common Fibro Symptoms
The symptoms may start after physical trauma, spinal injury, chronic mental stress, or surgery. In addition to widespread joint and musculoskeletal pain, a person with fibro may experience other symptoms. They include headache, muscle ache or stiffness, trouble sleeping, and difficulty concentrating. Mood swings, anxiety, or depression are also common.
Your doctor will do a thorough physical exam including a trigger-point test to diagnose the condition. The test involves gently pressing on the trigger points in the body. Your doctor may confirm the condition if you feel pain in 11 of the 18 trigger points.
Fibromyalgia Treatment by Our Chiropractor
While painkillers, antidepressants, or anti-seizure medications may offer relief, chiropractic care treats it with natural methods. Our chiropractor may recommend non-invasive spinal adjustments combined with soft tissue therapy.
- Spinal Adjustments: Trauma to the spine may cause musculoskeletal injury or misalignment of the spine. Manipulating the joints back into position is an effective way to relieve pain resulting from pressure on the nerve or tissue surrounding the spine. It also helps relieve headaches, heal inflamed nerve or tissue, and restore the messaging system between the brain and body.
- Trigger Point Therapy: The gentle press-and-release actions of this therapy work to relieve joint and tissue pain in the affected tender points in the neck, back, or other areas.
- Therapeutic Massages: Massaging the soft tissue help relieve mental and physical stress, tension, and inflammation that may be the source of fibro pain.
Managing stress, getting enough sleep, and eating healthy are lifestyle changes that may also help keep the symptoms in check.
Fight Pain with Natural Therapies by Our Chiropractor
Frustrating or debilitating fibro symptoms can interfere with your daily activities. With regular adjustments and care at French Family Chiropractic, you may start to feel like your old self again. To make an appointment, please call our Clarksville office at (931) 919-2869 or our Erin location at (931) 289-5800.