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Is Chiropractic Treatment Effective for Fibromyalgia?

Chiropractic care has been a controversial alternative treatment for many medical conditions especially pain related conditions like fibromyalgia. Nonetheless, the demand for chiropractic care continues to increase. Is chiropractic care really effective for fibromyalgia?

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What is Chiropractic Care?

The philosophy of chiropractic care is based on the concept that the body can self heal. It is believed that pain and illness results from misalignments in the skeletal structure. In order to reduce pain, spinal adjustments are executed by the chiropractors. With the help of chiropractic treatment symptoms like neck pain, back ache, shoulder pain, headaches, musculoskeletal pain can be alleviated.

If you are a patient of fibromyalgia, chiropractic treatment may help with your symptoms though its effectiveness remains debatable due to conflicting results in various studies. In an early study done in Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 21 fibromyalgia patients saw reduction in pain and improvement in flexibility of movement in the lumbar and the cervical areas of the body after 4 weeks of chiropractic treatment.

Spinal adjustments are often carried out by the professional chiropractors by hand. The mobility between the spinal vertebrae may be restricted, or out of position. In such instances, the chiropractors use of hand adjustments to correct your spine which involves:

  • Particular high velocity thrusts

  • Multiple gentle movements on one specific area

  • Stretching or gentle pressure


The hand adjustments force the bones to regain their proper alignment and mobility hence eliminating pain and encourage quick healing.

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