Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Treatment for Fibromyalgia: 43% Say they Prefer Alternative Therapies

A national survey of US Women with fibromyalgia revealed that 43% of them prefer treatment that is alternative in nature: chiropractic, massage, meditation and acupuncture.

In this blog we have talked a few times about the fibromyalgia. Most often it affects women, affecting 6-12 million americans. The condition can cause a multitude of symptoms such as neck pain, lower back pain, headaches, and leg cramps. Patients often have chronic widespread pain with particular tender points on the body. This leads to decreased physical function on a daily basis.

Treatment can be more towards the medical route or the more alternative route: The Medical route involves pain medications, muscle relaxers, sleep aids, anti-depressants and other medications. More and more patients are looking for solutions that do not involve drugs. Medications can affect a person’s mood, emotions, and ability to function on a daily basis. Worse, they can also negatively affect their ability to work or study.

According to Altmd.com, “current research suggests that fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system. People with fibromyalgia appear to have abnormalities in the chemical compounds (neurotransmitters) and transmit nerve impulses. Studies have also shown that on average, these patients have four times more nerve growth factor. This suggests that fibromyalgia is a issue that involves the increased hypersensitivity of the central nervous system.

Because of this hypersensitivity, using chiropractic as a therapy makes perfect sense. Chiropractic’s basis comes from the fact that an individuals health is controlled by the the state of ones central nervous system. A chiropractic adjustment has a major role in aligning the spine thus affecting the central nervous system ultimately.

This particular survey was conducted by WE FEEL (Women expressing fibromyalgia’s Effects their Everyday lives).

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The Glastonbury Chiropractor is located in central Connecticut- CT Spine and Disc Center specializes in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call our chiropractic office at 860-633-8756 to schedule an appointment and to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression

1 comment:

kaney said...

Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic neurological disorder that generates a wide range of symptoms. Most people with fibromyalgia complain about recidivating muscular pain, rigidity of joints and a generalized state of body weakness. Although these manifestations may point to rheumatoid arthritis, clinical examinations can reveal any signs of physical damage in people with fibromyalgia.

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