• Managing Fibromyalgia With All-Natural Chiropractic Care

    on Mar 23rd, 2018

Managing Fibromyalgia With All-Natural Chiropractic Care

One of the main characteristics of fibromyalgia is widespread pain. The goal of chiropractic care is to use natural methods to relieve pain. If you’re suffering from fibromyalgia pain, Dr. Pinto will be happy to discuss a treatment plan designed to help manage your pain.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in addition to pain, the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

Spinal manipulation for fibromyalgia pain

Most people immediately think of spinal manipulation as part of chiropractic care, and if you have fibromyalgia, spinal manipulation -- as well as adjustments to other parts of the body -- could be beneficial. You may also have a limited range of motion without even realizing it. Chiropractic adjustments can increase the range of motion in your neck and lower back so that moving is easier.

In the normal course of day-to-day living, the bones of your body can move fractionally, which can cause pain -- and since abnormal pain processing is a hallmark of fibromyalgia, that pain can be intense. Chiropractic adjustments help balance your skeletal structure, putting your bones where they need to be to function optimally.

Besides helping your body work better mechanically, chiropractic adjustments can relieve muscle tension. When your bones are slightly out of place, your muscles compensate, leading to muscle tension, which causes pain. Chiropractic adjustments help your muscles stay flexible and more relaxed.

If the idea of having your bones moved, however fractionally, makes you cringe, don’t worry! Dr. Pinto uses gentle pressure to perform adjustments and is well aware of the heightened sensitivity many fibromyalgia patients feel.

Low level laser therapy for fibromyalgia pain

Sometimes called cold laser treatments, low level laser therapy (LLLT) has been shown to improve the symptoms of fibromyalgia. LLLT uses light to help damaged cells heal and to reduce inflammation.

Although the word “laser” may make you think of heat, cold laser treatments involve pulses of light rather than heat energy. The specific range of light has been used in numerous medical settings to stimulate healing, and it can do the same thing for the chronically-damaged cells that cause fibromyalgia pain.

During an LLLT treatment, Dr. Pinto uses a handheld device to deliver light to the area of your body that requires therapy. He adjusts the energy level and length of treatment to your specific needs.

You’ll feel the device against your skin, but that’s it. There is no pain, you won’t hear any weird sounds, or feel any kind of vibration or other sensation. Most of the time the treatments are quite short, but you’re likely to notice the effects of decreased inflammation and increased healing in the hours and days following the treatment.

If you feel you’ve tried everything and you’re still dealing with fibromyalgia pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pinto at Advanced Wellness of Westfield. He has years of experience in treating patients with fibromyalgia and will be happy to discuss your specific symptoms, and work with you to design a treatment plan to manage your fibromyalgia pain.

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