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The Benefits of Chiropractic & Physiotherapy for the Fibromyalgia Patient









If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, being able to finally identify the elusive cause for the often diminished quality of life may come as a welcome relief.  You are finally able to understand the reason behind generic symptoms like pain, ache, tenderness, difficulty sleeping and extreme fatigue.

But now what? Traditional treatment with pharmacological management can yield variable outcomes. It may take a combination of painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and even anti-depressants to reduce symptoms and restore ability to function.  Treatment from a Chiropractor or Physiotherapist can also bring about tremendous relief of fibromyalgia symptoms. A multidisciplinary rehabilitation clinic where a chiropractor works in tandem with physiotherapists, kinesiologists, and massage therapists can provide the patient with comfort and relief and can reduce the need for pharmacological intervention in the quest for comfort, function and relief of pain.

A Chiropractor will explain that your body is a connected system in which any imbalance can contribute to a decrease in strength and function.  A Chiropractor can help restore balance to your skeletal system through various approaches to treatment such as adjustments, manipulations and gentle stretches.  The Chiropractic approach offers a drug free method of reducing the pain of fibromyalgia and increasing the patient’s ability to function.  Chiropractors understand that vertebral misalignment (subluxation) of vertebrae can be caused by trauma and other stressors which can affect the entire nervous system.   The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs, nerve cells and nerve fibres that connect and communicate with other parts of the body.

Numerous medical studies indicate that Chiropractor treatments are very effective and beneficial form of treatment for a wide and varied range of injuries and conditions. Many fibromyalgia patients have also reported a significant decrease in pain after receiving spinal manipulation along with improved quality of sleep and increased energy levels. Leg cramps, neck and back pain are a common feature of fibromyalgia and respond well to spinal adjustments and gentle stretching. The patient will describe a tightening of muscles and a loss of their natural flexibility.  The resulting loss of movement gives rise to a biofeedback effect that contributes to even further muscle tightness and limitation.  This loop creates a vicious circle in which escalating back, muscle and joint pain eventually leads to a painful and debilitative state with very little ability to function.   A fibromyalgia sufferer may need adjustments on a very regular weekly basis.  Your rehabilitation clinic Chiropractor understands how this affects the musculoskeletal system and can provide comprehensive treatment including safe, gentle adjustments which can provide much needed pain relief as well as improved quality of life.

For Fibromyalgia a Combination of Physiotherapy with Chiropractic Care is Essential

A Chiropractor may also recommend Physiotherapy in combination with Chiropractic care.  Complex neurological and musculoskeletal disorders like fibromyalgia are best served by multi-disciplinary treatment facilities where treatment providers with varied specialties work together to deliver optimum care for your specific set of challenges.  A Physiotherapist can provide the patient with assistance on pain management, build strength and improve range of motion and stamina. Physiotherapy can help relieve deep muscle pain and can help minimize or prevent recurrence of flare-ups.

A Physiotherapist can guide and educate those living with fibromyalgia by assisting with providing the patient with choices and a healthier outlook.  Relaxation and stretching exercises are designed to prevent muscle stiffness and improve flexibility.  Ice, heat, deep tissue massage, ultrasound, TENS therapy and a home and facility based exercise program have all been proven to offer great pain and muscle ache relief as well as improve mobility and function.

When a Chiropractor and a Physiotherapist work together, they are both able to create and offer the patient a personalized, balanced and optimized treatment plan. They will track your progress and give you the tools you need to cope with fibromyalgia on an ongoing basis. While you may need to attend a rehabilitation clinic once or twice a week, you will also be provided with knowledge and instruction on how to manage your symptoms at home, work and at leisure.

Your neighbourhood CanadaPhysio rehabilitation and wellness therapy clinic can provide you with all the services that you require to optimize your healing potential. Visit our team at any of our many locations to serve your needs across Ontario, in Toronto, Scarborough, Whitby, Mississauga and London.

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