Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterised by widespread muscle pain, joint stiffness, and fatigue. The condition is chronic (ongoing), but pain comes and goes and moves about the body due to turmoil of the central nervous system The disorder is often misdiagnosed or unrecognised.
Complex conditions such as Fibromylagia invariably have a combination of causes such as stress, illness, trauma and exposure to environmental toxins.
While medical science searches for a better understanding of fibromyalgia Osteopathic management aims to reduce the impact of any factors that are effecting the nervous or immune system and repair mechanisms of the body, while at the same time trying to enhance the function of those mechanisms. This is achieved by correcting misalignments of the whole body including the spine and pelvis through skilful hands-on manual manipulation, which improves blood flow containing oxygen and nutrients to tissues and removes cell wastes as well as decreases muscle spasms, relaxes tense muscles, relieves pain, and can increase range of motion. As mobility within the body improves, fibromyalgia patients discover that the pain can be reduced or, in some cases, eliminated. Once pain is reduced, other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia – such as fatigue, sleep deprivation, and depression – also diminish.
Accurate diagnosis is essential. Other medical conditions can produce widespread muscular pain. Osteopathic consultation and other medical tests can assist in identifying conditions which are not fibromyalgia. Where pain exists it is important to discover how much of the problem is musculoskeletal in origin since the pain from muscular tenderness may easily be resolved using methods chosen from osteopathic bodywork and postural and/or breathing re-education.
Overall health and wellness is affected by an individual’s nervous system, an area in which osteopaths are proficiently trained to address, making osteopathic care a viable option for fibromyalgia patients.
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