Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Care
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome that occurs predominantly in women and is marked by generalized pain, multiple defined tender points, fatigue, disturbed and nonrestorative sleep, and numerous other somatic complaints.
Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia
To meet the fibromyalgia criteria for medical diagnosis, patients must experience:
- Widespread pain in all four quadrants of their body, for a minimum of three months, and,
- At least 11 of the 18 specified tender points (see sketches below)
The 18 sites used for the fibromyalgia diagnosis cluster around the neck, shoulder, chest, hip, knee, and elbow regions. The finger pressure that must be applied to these areas during a “palpation” exam is roughly equivalent to the amount that causes the finger nail bed to blanch or start to become white. Over 75 other tender points have been found to exist, but are not used for diagnostic purposes.
Tender Points may occur at nine bilateral locations:
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|Front of the Body:
Back of the Body:
Chiropractic care has been found to help reduce pain symptons and to increase activity levels. You can learn more about that by reviewing the Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic Page