Fibromyalgia Treatment From Maryland Farms Chiropractic
The National Fibromyalgia Association estimates that 10 million people in the U.S. are living with the disorder that causes widespread symptoms. One of the most prevalent is pain. At Maryland Farms Chiropractic in Brentwood, our veterinarian, Dr. Elizabeth Baker DC, helps people suffering from fibromyalgia-related pain and the problems associated with concurrent conditions, such as spinal stenosis, headaches, and joint disorders.
Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that causes varying degrees of musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and cognitive issues. There is no known cure for fibromyalgia, but there are multiple traditional and non-traditional treatments that can reduce and even eliminate the symptoms. As mentioned, the condition often coexists with other disorders, such as:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Headaches and migraines
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
- Spinal Stenosis
How can Dr. Elizabeth Baker Help Patients with Fibromyalgia?
Clinical studies have found evidence that spinal manipulation administered by a licensed, skilled doctor of chiropractic can reduce pain associated with fibromyalgia. One study found after 15 sessions, patients surveyed reported less fatigue, a decrease in pain, and improved sleeping quality. Our chiropractor uses various techniques that involve applying pressure to specific areas of the vertebrae, releasing tension, and bringing the spine back into alignment. Our chiropractor may use her hands or various instruments to make adjustments.
Massage Therapy and Fibromyalgia
Deep tissue and traditional massage can reduce the muscle and joint pain that makes fibromyalgia debilitating for millions of Americans. Deep tissue massages, also known as Sweedish massages are more "rough" than a regular massage, but they are incredibly effective in reducing painful contortions of muscles or "knots" that can be debilitating for people living with fibromyalgia. Additionally, it can help with migraines, headaches, neck, and back pain.
Patients can schedule a massage before their spinal manipulation to relax their body for the session and improve the results or after to relieve any soreness that can help patients can sometimes experience following an adjustment. If you have any further discomfort after your appointment, apply heat for 20-minute intervals, and it should resolve within 24 hours. For questions, contact our office during regular business hours.
Along with traditional chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy, Dr. Liz also stresses the importance of exercise and a proper diet to strengthen muscles, reduce joint strain, and help maintain a healthy musculoskeletal system.
Call Maryland Farms Chiropractic Today!
Contact us at Maryland Farms Chiropractic in Brentwood and schedule a new patient exam with our chiropractor, Dr. Elizabeth Baker DC, to find relief from fibromyalgia-related symptoms. You can also schedule a deep tissue or traditional massage before or after our exam.