Many patients with fibromyalgia have long-standing depression, which is more substantial than just having the occasional morning blues. Their muscle pain can either be a cause for their depression or even the effect of a prolonged, depressed state of mind. Or the two may not be linked at all and simply co-exist at the same time. In some patients, depression may lead to inactivity, an unhealthy diet and weight gain, or even substance abuse. These habits will generally aggravate fibromyalgia-related pains.
In addition to using chiropractic care to improve spinal function and posture, there are other important aspects to be considered when treating the fibromyalgia patient. If depression seems to predate their muscle pains, then a through work-up and perhaps counseling with a clinical psychologist may be of help.
Other patients can benefit from increasing their activity and starting a rigorous exercise program. Both strength training and aerobic activities have been shown in studies to help patients. For those with muscle pain, it may not seem correct to work the muscles more, but research has shown that increasing muscle strength can decrease pain in the long run.
Some people find exercise causes joint pain in their spine and/or hips. Exercising while in pain is no fun at all and cannot be sustained. This is where chiropractic can be an important adjunct to keep you moving.
Vigorous exercise can also raise endorphin levels, blocking pain, and elevating your mood. In fact, several studies have shown that engaging in regular physical exercise can reduce symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.
A comprehensive approach is the solution to treating fibromyalgia. For some patients, medications can be life-savers. For others, the side effects will eclipse any benefits. More holistic approaches such as chiropractic care should at least be considered, especially if allopathic care doesn’t seem to work for you.