Fibromyalgia Care in Clayton, NC
Surprising to many patients, fibromyalgia, also called fibro, is a pain disorder we treat at Clayton Chiropractic. Knowing this can be a huge relief considering that the condition has no cure, and patients hardly get lasting relief from medication. Our Clayton, NC, chiropractor, Dr. Karel Lloyd, uses different non-invasive techniques and therapies to alleviate chronic pain and help patients cope with the condition.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibro is a disorder that triggers widespread musculoskeletal pain. There's also no known cure. Scientists are not even sure what causes it, although they believe certain risk factors may trigger the symptoms. Some research explains that nervous system imbalances can interfere with how the body perceives pain (abnormal pain perception processing). This heightened sensitivity to pain can be the reason fibromyalgia patients experience pain all over the body. Common risk factors include age, being female, stressful or traumatic events, obesity, family history, repetitive injuries, and viral infections.
Fibromyalgia symptoms can be debilitating and may interfere with your ability to live a normal life. Typical signs and symptoms include:
- Pain and stiffness all over the body, lasting more than three months
- Headaches, migraines, or jaw pain
- Fatigue, depression, or anxiety
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble thinking, concentrating or remembering things ("fibro fog")
How is It Diagnosed?
Doctors have a challenging time diagnosing the disorder since fibromyalgia triggers pain at 18 trigger/tender points in the body. In addition to a physical exam, X-ray, and blood work, doctors use a trigger point method when doing a physical evaluation and diagnosis. Your doctor will gently press on tender points to see which ones produce localized pain. These points are located in clusters around the neck, shoulders, chest, elbows, hips, and knees.
Fibromyalgia Treatment from Our Chiropractor in Clayton, NC
We can design a wellness plan to help treat and manage musculoskeletal pain and other symptoms associated with your condition. Chiropractic care can involve spinal and extremity adjustments. Our chiropractor may use his hands or a small instrument to adjust or realign the spine. This helps remove soft tissue interference, reduce inflammation, improve mobility, and regulate nervous system functions. Extremity adjustment of the shoulder, knee, and other joints also relieves stiffness, inflammation, and pain affecting the tender points in those areas.
We may even recommend that you manage stress, get plenty of sleep, eat healthy meals, and exercise regularly to help with your symptoms. All of these methods are natural ways to reduce fibromyalgia flare-ups, boost immunity, and improve your quality of life.
Contact Clayton Chiropractic Today!
Routine chiropractic care in Clayton, NC, is an excellent pain management option for those living with fibromyalgia. We proudly serve Clayton, Four Oaks, Raleigh, Wendell, Smithfield, Archer Lodge, Garner, McGee Crossroads, Selma, and surrounding areas. Call 919-553-2225 to request an appointment at Clayton Chiropractic.