Natural Treatment Options for Fibromyalgia in Louisville
If symptoms such as chronic pain, fatigue and "brain fog" have inexplicably become part of your daily existence, you may be suffering from a syndrome known as fibromyalgia. This problem can be difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to control through the standard medical practice of dispensing drugs to mute various symptoms. Fortunately, it's possible to obtain more effective and meaningful improvements through conservative care meant to normalize your physical functions. Our Louisville KY chiropractor here at Highland Chiropractic, Dr. Charles Copeland, can administer safe, potent techniques to help you get your fibromyalgia under better control -- instead of letting it control you.
Even such a basic question as "What is fibromyalgia?" has proven something of a puzzle to medical science. It is perhaps best described by the symptoms that allow us to diagnose it. These generally include tender points in multiple quadrants of the body (11 tender points used to be the standard, but it's now understood that these points can seem to come and go), chronic fatigue and sleeplessness, mental sluggishness or confusion, headaches, abdominal cramps and depression for a period of 3 months or more. The underlying mechanisms behind fibromyalgia are also rather mysterious, although the fact that it favors women would indicate a genetic or hormonal component. Fibromyalgia has been connected to lower-than-average levels of serotonin, along with excessive levels of another substance called substance P. This combination may cause hypersensitivity to pain signals.
Let Our Louisville KY Chiropractor Help You Reclaim Your Quality of Life
Since certain neurological, endocrine and autoimmune disorders can produce fibromyalgia-like symptoms, it's important to get the necessary tests to rule out these other possibilities. If the fibromyalgia is the likely culprit, don't despair -- our Louisville KY chiropractor can help. That's because our techniques focus on restoring the body's ability to communicate with itself normally by optimizing nerve function. Chiropractic adjustment can play a critical role in freeing the joints and releasing pressure on nerves. This not only removes a potential source of pain, but it also allows the nerves to relay data to and from the brain more accurately.
Since the nervous system regulates all bodily functions -- including the production or substance P and serotonin -- our adjustment techniques can help you experience less hypersensitivity and therefore less pain. When you're in less pain, you can sleep better, and normal sleep supports normal physical function and less stress, which in turn means less of the muscle tension that can turn into painful knots. This is a good example of how improving one aspect of your health can cause a dramatic "domino effect" of positive results throughout the body.
Our natural approach to fibromyalgia treatment is not only effective for many patients, but it's also completely safe, meaning that you can schedule it as needed or even as a form of preventative wellness care to keep your symptoms in check. Call Highland Chiropractic at 502-454-5000 to learn more!