Can a Chiropractic Clinic Ease Fibromyalgia Pain? 

Recently, we received an email from one of our lovely subscribers asking: can a chiropractic clinic ease fibromyalgia pain?

We think you’ll agree. Finding an effective treatment method for Fibromyalgia can be challenging. Getting it wrong can be costly and painful. On the other hand, finding a treatment that helps can be a real jackpot moment.

So we decided to help our Fibro-Frieend and do a bit of digging. In this post, we share what we have discovered. So that you can decide whether chiropractic care could work for you.  

Chiropractic Clinic

What is Chiropractic Treatment?  

Chiropractic means ‘the practice of chirality’. In other words, finding a state of balance. A bit like the wings of the fibromyalgia butterfly. Chiropractic treatment is a form of physical therapy for your entire body. Naturally, bringing you to a place of balance and equilibrium.

First, it is essential to note that only a qualified healthcare professional should perform Chiropractic adjustments. Usually, this is a chiropractor or a chiropractic doctor. Mainly, a chiropractor focuses on diagnosing and treating neuromuscular disorders. So, a chiropractor pays close attention to your spine and central nervous system.  

Before receiving any treatment, you take part in an assessment. Usually, this happens during your initial visit to the chiropractic clinic. Following the assessment your chiropractor takes you through your personal treatment plan. Once the treatment begins, you’ll likely find your chiropractor taking a holistic approach. This is because chiropractic clinics believe in whole-body wellness. There are over 200+ chiropractic techniques. Generally they fall into five categories: 

  • Manual Treatments – the most well-known being spinal manipulation for spinal misalignment.  
  • Device-led Treatments – for example, placing a wedge under your pelvis whilst undertaking a manual treatment.  
  • Therapies – using heat or ice. 
  • Nutrition – focusing on foods with anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Lifestyle adjustments – including gentle exercise.  
Chiropractic Cliinic Therapies

During your treatment, you will be asked to provide continuous feedback on the chiropractic techniques used. This guides your Chiropractic Doctor on how to tweak your plan. Ensuring you receive the most effective treatment.  

Can a Chiropractic Clinic Ease Fibromyalgia Pain?     

In short, YES!

The most compelling evidence of Chiropractic’s benefit to Fibromyalgia was published in November 2022. This case study focuses on a 44-year-old mother. Her Fibromyalgia symptoms included headaches and severe neck, shoulder and back pain. As well as sleep disturbances, depression and bowel issues. Her widespread pain level was described as 6 out of 10.  

After a thorough examination, it was discovered that she had hidden cervical spondylosis. All things considered. Finally, her treatment began. The therapies that were prescribed included:  

Chiropractic Clinic Study Symptoms
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Massage therapy
  • Cervical traction
  • At-home strengthening exercises
Chiropractic clinic results

The fibromyalgia patient visited the chiropractic clinic three times each week over three months. Finally, her symptoms were reassessed. The feedback she provided was remarkable. The patient was showing significant improvement in her fibromyalgia symptoms. She reported:  

  • Falling asleep more quickly
  • Better quality of sleep
  • Better range of motion and mobility

Most importantly, the patient stated that her pain level was now 2 out of 10. So the treatment continued. After 16 months, her straight neck (experienced by many fibromyalgia sufferers) had been corrected. Also, her fatigue and depression showed significant improvements. The study’s authors stated, ‘understanding the underlying causes of each fibromyalgia patient’s symptoms is the key to their successful treatment’.   

Can a Chiropractic Clinic Help You?

Pardon the pun, but it couldn’t hurt to try. Especially if chronic pain is significantly affecting your quality of life. Chiropractic treatment isn’t a cure. However, it may help relieve some symptoms of chronic conditions, such as Fibromyalgia. Indeed, it could benefit most common chronic pain conditions. Chiropractic is worth a shot if you struggle with tension headaches, neck pain, low back pain or widespread musculoskeletal pain.

However, there are a few negatives. Chiropractic treatment isn’t widely available on the NHS. Even so, the NHS will give access to chiropractic services in exceptional circumstances. To determine whether your local authority can provide access, ask your G.P., or you could try contacting your local integrated care board (ICB).  

Private clinics tend to charge between £30 to £80 per session. Finding a local, qualified chiropractor is simple. Simply start by visiting the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) website. Then pop your postcode into their search tool. Every qualified chiropractor is required by law to register with the GCC.  

Chiropractic clinic pros and cons

Conclusion

The holistic, whole-body wellness approach provided by a Chiropractic Clinic may be beneficial to some Fibromyalgia patients. However, it will likely require a long-term commitment. Including multiple weekly visits to your clinic and probably some lifestyle changes. Undoubtedly, it could be worth it. Especially if you wish for similar results to those in the study above. Considering the lack of access to this treatment through the NHS, the cost of funding your treatment may be a barrier. Booking an initial appointment with your local GCC-registered chiropractic clinic will help you discover more.

We advise speaking with your doctor before considering alternative treatments alongside your prescription medication.  

Have you visited a Chiropractic Clinic? Tell us about your experience in the comments.

Citation: Chu EC, Lee LY. Cervical Spondylosis as a Hidden Contributing Factor to Fibromyalgia: A Case Report. Int Med Case Rep J. 2022 Nov 8;15:639-646. doi: 10.2147/IMCRJ.S382872. PMID: 36388239; PMCID: PMC9653028. 

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