Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition most commonly characterized by pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints. Those who most frequently suffer from the condition are women between the ages of 35 and 55.

Although it is one of the most common diseases that affect muscles and joints, the cause of fibromyalgia is yet to be determined. The tissue pain involved does not seem to be accompanied by tissue inflammation, so doctors are still searching for the exact cause.

Specific symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Chronic facial muscle pain or aching
  • Palpitations
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Multiple tender areas (muscle and joint pain) on the back of the neck, shoulders, sternum, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, knees
  • Reduced exercise tolerance
  • Memory difficulties and cognitive difficulties
  • Tension or migraine headaches
  • Sleep disturbances

In recent years, fibromyalgia sufferers have sought chiropractic care with increasing frequency. Because the condition causes back and neck pain, numerous tender places all over the body, as well as leg cramps, people have been willing to seek out treatment that not only masks the problem, but helps correct it. Since simple adjustments to the neck and spine can restore the carriage of the whole body, many fibromyalgia sufferers have discovered that proper alignment of the spine can significantly reduce the pain they experience.

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