Drug-Free Solutions for Fibromyalgia Pain

When you’re aching all over with fibromyalgia pain, you might be tempted to pop a pill or seek an injection to make the pain go away. At Access Chiropractic Center, Dr. Jeffery Muschik offers a wide range of conservative, traditional, and drug-free solutions for fibromyalgia pain.

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by musculoskeletal pain throughout your body which lasts more than three months, as well as 18 distinct “tender points” distributed bilaterally. Eleven of the 18 must be tender to receive a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The disorder affects 2% to 5% of US adults, and more women than men seem to develop the condition. Symptoms include not just aches and pains, but also fatigue and problems with sleep, mood, and memory. Some patients report “fibro fog,” a persistent difficulty concentrating.

In addition, the brains of fibromyalgia sufferers amplify pain signals. Frequently, the brain glitch happens after a physical trauma, mental stress, surgery, or infection. The condition, however, can develop with no triggering event and often is accompanied by tension headaches, temporomandibular joint disorders, depression, anxiety, and irritable bowel syndrome.

How to treat fibromyalgia

Patients often seek medication or injections to ease their pain. However, a host of drug-free solutions exist for treating fibromyalgia pain.

Chiropractic therapy

Dr. Muschik will apply gentle pressure and stretch areas gripped with fibromyalgia pain. He’ll also adjust your body to help bones return to more normal positions and joints to more normal movement; both help nerve signals travel more easily.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps fibromyalgia sufferers reframe the unhelpful ways they think about the disorder and its symptoms. Catastrophizing and negative thinking are replaced with more effective and realistic thought, which decreases the emotional stress that can lead to depression or anxiety.

Exercise

Low-impact exercise raises your heart rate and increases levels of natural endorphins, which fight pain. Regular exercise also improves sleep and outlook, increases energy, reduces anxiety and depression, and expands range-of-motion.

Relaxation techniques

Learning to manage stress through relaxation techniques is an essential goal of drug-free treatment for fibromyalgia pain. Such methods include progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, meditation, and biofeedback.

Other drug-free treatments for fibromyalgia

Here are more non-pharmacological treatments for fibromyalgia pain:

Continuing education

Understanding the interaction between the way the brain processes pain and fibromyalgia symptoms is key to gaining control over the malady. Most important is understanding that even though fibromyalgia may begin in the brain, it’s not all in your head, a typical stigma attached to the disorder.

Do you suffer from fibromyalgia pain? At Access Chiropractic Center, Dr. Muschik customizes treatment to help you live a pain-free life. Call the center at 803-274-6575 or make an appointment online.

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