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If you seem to feel pain all the time in many different points on your body, you may suffer from fibromyalgia. This chronic condition, which translates as "fibrous tissue muscle pain," is not related to muscular strain; rather, it appears to stem from stress-related hormonal changes. These changes affect the muscles' ability to heal themselves properly. Muscles typically undergo a process of tissue breakdown and restructuring, but in this case the process goes awry, leading to the development of painful "knots" and spasms in the muscles. While the disease does not cause permanent damage to the body, the ongoing discomfort, accompanied by feelings of fatigue and mental fogginess, can be physically and emotionally grueling. Fortunately, we can provide relief for many Oviedo fibromyalgia cases -- including you.
How do you know if you have this condition? Common symptoms include leg cramps or other muscle cramps, back pain, foot pain, headaches, tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, difficulty sleeping, and even digestive or menstrual problems. One important diagnostic indicator is that the patient experiences pain on both sides of the body, both above and below the waist. If these symptoms sound familiar, we encourage you to come in for an assessment with one of our chiropractors.
While medical science currently has no cure for fibromyalgia, chiropractic treatment can help reduce the symptoms in a variety of ways. As muscles grow tighter and tighter, they can contribute to spinal misalignments and nerve pain. One complication from the illness, cervical stenosis, causes compression within the upper spinal column that can send pain signals radiating throughout the body. Nerves generally produce pain or other uncomfortable symptoms when pinched or pressed by muscles or bones. This may increase your tendency to feel pain or tenderness at various "trigger points" all over your body.
Here at Oviedo Family Chiropractic, we know how to correct those misalignments and encourage the release of tight muscles. Because impaired muscle healing is one the factors in this condition, we perform particularly gentle adjustments to shift the vertebrae back into their proper alignment and relieve cervical compression. This allows the nerves to experience less pressure and reduces muscular strain. We do not limit our services to adjustment, however -- we can also apply gentle massage techniques and even cold laser therapy to help relax muscles and encourage tissue healing.
Not only does this treatment regimen help reduce pain and discomfort, but it can also help restore mobility by relieving muscle stiffness. Keep in mind, however, that the chronic nature of this condition means that a single adjustment will only help temporarily. Frequent, regular chiropractic care may be necessary to keep your spine and muscles mobile -- but you may find the results more than worthwhile. We can advise you on the most effective treatment schedule for your needs.
Contact our Oviedo office today at 407-505-4320 to learn more and arrange an appointment.
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