May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month. During this month, your Renton chiropractic team at Petett Chiropractic commit to helping raise awareness of fibromyalgia and its potentially debilitating symptoms.
According to the NIMAS, 5 million Americans 18 or older are estimated have fibromyalgia. While 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed are women, it also occurs in men and children of all ethnic groups. Nearly 70 percent of people with fibromyalgia have not been diagnosed, therefore are not receiving proper treatment for their symptoms.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread body pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons and soft tissues. In addition to chronic pain, people with the condition typically report long-term fatigue, disturbed sleep, headaches and cognitive difficulties.
Fibromyalgia can make it difficult to perform everyday activities, such as household chores and walking short distances.
Unfortunately, the clear cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. Researchers theorized that there may be a number of possible factors involved, rather than one single event. The possible factors that include: hormonal disturbances, stress, genetics, certain illnesses and physical or emotional trauma.
How Chiropractic Care Can Treat Fibromyalgia?
Although fibromyalgia has no cure, symptoms can be treated and managed. Along with a combination of medication and healthcare treatments, chiropractic care is a helpful, additional treatment option for those dealing with the condition.
Chiropractic care centers on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body. Illnesses and pain in the body arise from misalignments in the body’s skeletal structure. Through a series of chiropractic techniques, such as stretches and manipulations, your Renton chiropractor will restore your skeletal balance, helping to eliminate any pain symptoms.
Many patients suffer from back, neck and shoulder pain, along leg cramps. Gentle spinal adjustments to the neck and spine can restore alignment in the body, which can significantly reduce all-over pain.
Fibromyalgia Treatment at our Renton Chiropractic Clinic
Once properly diagnosed with fibromyalgia by your healthcare physician, your Renton chiropractor can help you deal with symptoms. Regular gentle chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy are safe and natural treatment options for pain management and lower the sensitivity of your muscles. Chiropractic and massage can also help fatigue and sleeping issues.
Schedule an appointment at our Renton chiropractic center to help treat your fibromyalgia. We are 30 minutes away from Seattle, five minutes from Valley Medical Center. Our experienced and skilled chiropractic team is here to answer any questions you may have fibromyalgia.
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