Study Finds Chiropractic Care Effective Fibromyalgia Treatment

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fibromyalgia treatmentA new study reports that chiropractic care is an effective fibromyalgia treatment strategy.

The study involved 120 people between the ages of 40 and 65 who had suffered with severe fibromyalgia for four years or more.

Each person studied rated their pain as a 4 or higher on a pain scale and also had limited movement in their cervical (neck area) spine, specifically in their C1-C2 vertebrates.

Fibromyalgia Treatment Study Findings

All of the individuals participating in this study engaged in 12 weeks of therapy, which included:

• An education program (one two-hour session per week) designed to provide the participant with more information about fibromyalgia and available treatment options;

• Cognitive behavioral therapy (one two-hour session per week) which involved discussion regarding pain management via relaxation exercises, challenging treatment-prohibitive beliefs about fibromyalgia, and positive reinforcement about what types of actions can be taken to ease fibromyalgia symptoms; and

• An exercise program (three one-hour sessions per week plus 20-minute session twice daily at home) which included relaxation techniques, as well as active and passive stretches.
One-half of the individuals were also randomly assigned to a treatment group, which meant that they also engaged in upper cervical chiropractic adjustments. This involved a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust to the C1-2 motion segment three times per week for the first month. This was then reduced to once a week sessions for the remaining eight weeks.

At the beginning of the study, the conclusion of the study, and at one year post-study, each participant was asked to complete various questionnaires to help the researchers determine what effect, if any, the chiropractic had on easing fibromyalgia symptoms and reducing its impact on their lifestyle. Specifically, questions were asked regarding physical function abilities, work days missed due to fibromyalgia symptoms, sleep disturbances, level of pain, fatigue, depression, and anxiety.

The individuals who participated in the cervical chiropractic care group showed more improvement and better results than the control group who had no chiropractic intervention. This was validated by questionnaire scores that improved by 15 or more percent. The researchers concluded that adding chiropractic to your current fibromyalgia treatment regimen may offer even more benefits when it comes to getting to the root off the problem.

Reference:
Moustafa IM, Diab AA. The addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology International 2015;35(7):1163-1174.

Synopsis:
Studies have shown that nearly 5 million Americans 18 years of age or older are affected by fibromyalgia. With 80-90 percent of those being women. Fibromyalgia can be a complicated syndrome and many studies just like this one show that chiropractic HELPS!

This study proved that the group that was getting adjusted by a chiropractor shows significantly more improvement in symptoms than the group who did not get adjusted. We all know someone who is affected by fibromyalgia. Share this research with them, you could change their life!

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