What treatment options are there to ease fibromyalgia pain and symptoms? This is a very common question amongst those that have been labeled with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia can become a crippling condition if left untreated. Treating fibromyalgia can be done in a myriad of different methods all with the same goal – relief. The most common method for relieving fibromyalgia pain would be the implementation of prescription medications, using medications can cause side effects such as addiction, dry mouth, behavior/ mood changes and even death. The more one learns about the side effects and complications that are connected with prescription medications the more fibromyalgia sufferers lean towards a natural approach such as chiropractic Care and Biofeedback.
Chiropractic care regularly falls within the category of alternative treatment; however it is becoming much more accepted by both the mainstream medical community as well as an acceptable form of Fibromyalgia treatment. The main determination behind the concept of chiropractic care is to aid in lessening symptoms of pain and other issues by correcting any imbalances in the skeletal configuration. The forms of adjustment of the skeletal structure are made through techniques such as stretches, adjustments, as well as manipulations where the imbalance can be restored and results in lessening of symptoms.
Chiropractic care as used for Fibromyalgia treatment has become increasingly more popular because of the ability for chiropractic care to benefit the Fibromyalgia sufferer and offer pain and stress relief that is so often related to Fibromyalgia. Many Fibromyalgia sufferers suffer from ongoing backaches, foot pain, or leg cramps, and chiropractic care can aid in lessening those symptoms.
Treating Upper Cervical Spinal Stenosis
One of the common problems that are often found among Fibromyalgia sufferers it is a condition referred to as upper cervical spinal stenosis. This condition causes the coverings of the spine to become compressed; this compression can cause severe pain which the Fibromyalgia sufferer can deal with on a daily basis when accurate treatment is not prioritized. Because upper cervical spinal stenosis is commonly prevalent among Fibromyalgia sufferers chiropractic care, using both adjustments as well as manipulations, can aid in relieving the compression on the spine.
The stressors of fibromyalgia pain can be eased using biofeedback. Biofeedback is a mind and body relaxation technique that helps fibromyalgia sufferers learn about their body’s natural internal process to control relaxation.
Biofeedback uses an electronic device to measure stress-related responses in the body. After much research biofeedback is able to help relieve many types of chronic pain, including fibromyalgia.
The electronic device is connected so that it can inform the fibromyalgia patient and the therapist when the patient is physically relaxing his or her body. Sensors are able to report muscle tension, heart rate, breathing patter, the amount sweat produced and body temperature. Some therapists are able to use a single one of these sensors, although it may be helpful to use all, to see if a fibromyalgia patient is learning to relax.
The design of biofeedback is to first teach the body how to react to stressors in a controlled environment. Once the fibromyalgia patient is able to react properly inside of a controlled environment, then he or she should be able to start reacting properly in daily life.
There are many different types of biofeedback devices: Electromyograph, Peripheral Skin Temperature, and Elecroderm Response will be discussed below.
- EMG (Electromyograph) – The most common biofeedback therapy is the EMG. Because the EMG is used to help correct muscle pain and stiffness it can be the most useful for fibromyalgia patients. The device that is used is called an electromyograph which is able to measure the electricity given off by the patient’s muscles.
- PST (Peripheral Skin Temperature) – A less common form of biofeedback is the PST. The PST is able to measure electrical impulses given off by the flow of a patient’s blood. By doing so, it is able to give information about skin temperature.
- EDR (Elecroderm Response) – An EDR is considered sweating biofeedback. It is able to monitor electricity produced by a patient’s sweating reflexes. This form is usually used to help with anxiety and depression. While some therapists just use one devise and type of biofeedback devices, it is most common for them to use a combination of biofeedback devices.