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How Chiropractic Care Can Alleviate Fibromyalgia Symptoms 

 April 17, 2024

By  Dr. Aaron Binns

fibromyalgia chiropracticFibromyalgia is a challenging condition that causes widespread pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and mood issues. While there is no cure, chiropractic care offers a natural, drug-free way to manage fibromyalgia symptoms and improve quality of life. In this article, we’ll explore how chiropractic adjustments and complementary therapies can provide much-needed relief for those struggling with this complex disorder.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic disorder that affects millions of people worldwide, predominantly women. The condition is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, often accompanied by a host of other symptoms that can significantly impact quality of life.

While the exact cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown, researchers believe that it involves a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors. In people with fibromyalgia, the central nervous system becomes hypersensitive to pain signals, amplifying sensations that might otherwise be considered mild or non-painful.

The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Chronic, widespread pain: Pain is often described as a constant, dull ache that persists for at least three months. It may affect the entire body or be localized to specific areas, such as the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs.
  • Fatigue: Fibromyalgia often causes extreme exhaustion that doesn’t improve with rest. This fatigue can be debilitating, interfering with daily activities and overall quality of life.
  • Sleep disturbances: Many people with fibromyalgia struggle with sleep issues, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, or restless leg syndrome. Even when they do manage to sleep, they may wake up feeling unrefreshed.
  • Cognitive difficulties: Often referred to as “fibro fog,” this symptom involves problems with memory, concentration, and focus. It can make tasks like remembering appointments or following conversations challenging.
  • Emotional and mental health issues: Living with chronic pain and fatigue can take a toll on mental well-being. Depression, anxiety, and mood swings are common among people with fibromyalgia.
  • Other symptoms: Fibromyalgia may also cause headaches, digestive problems (such as irritable bowel syndrome), temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and sensitivity to temperature, light, or sound.

Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be challenging, as there is no single test or biomarker for the condition. Doctors typically rely on a combination of patient history, physical examination, and ruling out other possible causes of the symptoms. The diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia include widespread pain lasting for at least three months and the presence of other key symptoms.

Traditional treatments for fibromyalgia often involve a combination of medications, such as pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs, which can help manage symptoms but may come with unwanted side effects. As a result, many people with fibromyalgia seek out complementary and alternative therapies, like chiropractic care, for more natural approaches to pain relief and symptom management.

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach that focuses on the relationship between the spine, nervous system, and overall health. By addressing spinal misalignments and promoting proper joint function, chiropractic treatments can offer significant relief for individuals living with fibromyalgia. Here’s a closer look at how chiropractic care can benefit those with this complex condition:

1. Pain Management

Chiropractic adjustments are designed to restore proper alignment and function to the spine and other joints, which can help alleviate the widespread musculoskeletal pain associated with fibromyalgia. Gentle, targeted manipulations can reduce pressure on irritated nerves and improve spinal health, leading to a decrease in pain sensitivity and an overall reduction in pain levels.

In addition to spinal adjustments, chiropractors may employ other pain-relieving techniques, such as soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). These techniques help address muscle tension, knots, and adhesions that contribute to fibromyalgia pain and discomfort.

2. Improved Sleep Quality

Sleep disturbances are a common and debilitating symptom of fibromyalgia. Chiropractic care can play a significant role in improving sleep quality by addressing factors that contribute to poor sleep, such as pain, muscle tension, and stress.

By reducing pain and promoting relaxation, chiropractic adjustments can create a more conducive environment for restful sleep. Improved spinal alignment and joint function can also lead to better sleep posture and reduced nighttime discomfort. Many fibromyalgia patients report experiencing deeper, more restorative sleep following chiropractic treatment.

3. Enhanced Emotional Well-being

The chronic pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia can take a significant toll on mental and emotional health, often leading to depression, anxiety, and decreased quality of life. Chiropractic care can help improve emotional well-being by addressing the physical aspects of fibromyalgia and promoting overall wellness.

By reducing pain, improving sleep, and supporting healthy nervous system function, chiropractic care can contribute to a greater sense of well-being and resilience. Patients often report feeling more positive, energized, and better equipped to manage the challenges of living with fibromyalgia following chiropractic treatment.

4. Complementary Therapies

Chiropractors often incorporate complementary therapies alongside spinal adjustments to provide comprehensive care for fibromyalgia patients. These therapies may include:

  • Exercise and stretching recommendations: Chiropractors can provide guidance on gentle exercises and stretches that improve flexibility, strength, and overall physical function without exacerbating fibromyalgia symptoms.
  • Nutritional advice: Diet plays a significant role in managing fibromyalgia symptoms. Chiropractors may offer nutritional guidance to help patients make informed choices about foods that can reduce inflammation, support overall health, and improve symptom management.
  • Stress management techniques: Chronic stress can worsen fibromyalgia symptoms. Chiropractors may teach patients stress management techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation, to promote relaxation and reduce the impact of stress on the body.

By combining chiropractic adjustments with complementary therapies, patients can benefit from a multi-faceted approach to managing fibromyalgia symptoms and improving overall quality of life.

A Holistic, Multi-Modal Approach

In addition to spinal adjustments, chiropractors often incorporate complementary therapies for a comprehensive approach to fibromyalgia care:

  • Massage therapy helps relax painful muscles and relieves tension.
  • Prescribed exercises improve strength, flexibility, and overall physical function.
  • Lifestyle and nutritional advice promotes wellness and may reduce inflammation.

By combining multiple natural modalities, chiropractic offers well-rounded support for those with fibromyalgia.

Find Relief with Chiropractic Care

Living with fibromyalgia is a daily struggle, but you don’t have to face it alone. Chiropractic care provides a safe, effective way to manage symptoms naturally and regain your quality of life. Our knowledgeable chiropractors are dedicated to helping patients find lasting relief from fibromyalgia pain.

Take control of your fibromyalgia – call our office today to schedule a consultation. Discover how chiropractic care can help you feel better and live fully again. Let us support you on your journey to natural pain relief and renewed vitality!

This article is copyrighted by Blogging Chiropractors for its Doctor of Chiropractic members and may not be copied or duplicated in any manner including printed or electronic media, regardless of whether for a fee or gratis without the prior written permission of Blogging Chiropractors.

Dr. Aaron Binns


Dr. Aaron Binns, chiropractor in Liberty Lake, Washington, is committed to bringing you better health as well as a better way of life through principle-centered chiropractic care. Dr. Binns has been in practice since graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2001. While in practice, Dr. Binns has treated people of all ages.

Dr. Aaron Binns

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