Today stands as National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and our Chiropractors’ thought it would be great to help educate those throughout Atlanta about this painful chronic condition.
Let’s take a look…
What Is Fibromyalgia?
This condition creates widespread, chronic pain that is often located within the soft tissue that surrounds your joints.
Rheumatic at its core, the difference between Fibromyalgia and arthritis is that the former does not lead to inflammation developing within your joints, nor does it cause damage to your muscles or soft tissue.
However, patients who suffer from this condition are often in a state of constant pain and are unable to perform even the most basic of actions.
What Are The Most Common Symptoms Related To This Condition?
Most patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia experience more than one of the following symptoms:
- Restless leg syndrome
- Pain that peaks in the morning
- Temperature sensitivity
- Painful menstrual periods
- Cognitive impairment
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sensitivity to loud noises and bright lights
- Chronic fatigue
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (also known as TMJ)
Who Is Most At Risk?
Over five million people throughout the United States suffer from Fibromyalgia, most of which are women.
While doctors are still unsure as to how the condition develops within patients, most suggest that it produces after some trauma has been experienced (e.g. car accidents, illness, injuries).
Does Treatment Exist?
There are some ways that we can reduce or eliminate the pain associated with this condition.
These solutions include:
- Chiropractic care
- Custom exercise plan
- Transitioning everyday items to ergonomic systems
- Partaking in yoga or Pilates
- Deep tissue massage
Meeting with one of our experienced Chiropractors, along with a massage therapist can provide a substantial amount of pain relief that allows you to go about your day more quickly.
It is well known that Chiropractic treatment helps keep your muscles and spine from becoming immobile, which could result in a neurological reflex that causes your muscles to spasm out of control.
Without treatment, patients will eventually experience heightened discomfort that takes the form of:
- Significant tightening of your muscles
- Complete loss of movement
- Increased trigger points
- Difficulty sleeping
Covering The Cost of Treatment
It’s important to know that most patients who seek Chiropractic treatment require three to four visits per month on average.
The good news is that the vast majority of health care providers cover the cost of Chiropractic treatment, just like when visiting your primary physician.
If you are unsure about your particular policy, let our staff know since they can speak with your insurance provider’s representatives on your behalf.
You can contact us by phone or by visiting our Atlanta office located at:
1132 Hightower Trail
Sandy Springs, GA