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This page was developed for the purpose of bringing current information about fibromyalgia, questions you might have and treatment options that are available. Our office uses alternative methods rather than pharmaceutical. We do not suggest or recommend stopping any current medications prescribed your physician. If you choose to alter your treatment plan, please confer with your physician first. Alternative Health Care offers a variety of modalities:     Chiropractic     Biofeedback     Sound and Light Therapy     Electrostimulation (non-painful)     Therapeutic Massage     Reflexology     Healthy Food Plans Each of our practitioners has over 20 years of knowledge and experience in their respective fields.

What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia has a wide scope of musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. It may also display many other symptoms. Symptoms may manifest as:     Widespread muscle pain and stiffness     Overall fatigue - may be debilitating such that every          day routines and movements are an effort     Chronic headaches     TMJ problems     Sleep deprivation - patients do not have insomnia. They fall         asleep but have trouble staying asleep.

The deep level of         restorative sleep is crucial for muscle relaxation,         regulation of neurotransmitters, hormones and immune         system strength What causes fibromyalgia? It is not known what exactly causes fibromyalgia. Researchers believe there are "triggering" events that often occur prior to its onset. "Triggers" could be from infections, physical trauma, auto accidents, severe falls or fractures. How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

Fibromyalgia is diagnosed in a physical exam where pressure is applied to specific muscle groups, checking for "tender" points. Usually 14 out of the 18 "tender" points must be painful to concur as fibromyalgia. You should be aware that the distinction between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome share the same criteria. How is fibromyalgia treated? Most treatment generally consist of pharmaceuticals prescribed by medical physicians.

Other treatment options include:     Chiropractic Care     Acupuncture/Acupressure     Therapeutic Massage     General Exercise Program     Relaxation Techniques     Biofeedback     Sound and Light Therapy     Electrostimulation (non-painful) Note: moderate exercise may make fibromyalgia pain worse. Mild exercise, such as a short 5 minute walk, is encouraged to keep muscles fit without overtaxing them. Is there a cure for fibromyalgia? No, not at this time. However, following certain treatment options can make fibromyalgia manageable with less pain.

Is fibromyalgia a hereditary condition? Although it does tend to run in families, the exact genetic link is still not known. Is there a special diet for fibromyalgia? Yes, there is. Certain foods are considered to be "inflammatory" as well as those that are considered "anti-inflammatory".

Contact us for the "anti-inflammatory" foods you should eat.