According to statistics, a shocking 5 million people over the age of 18 suffer from fibromyalgia. If you are one of the unfortunate people included in this number, you know that this disease can be debilitating, having a significant impact on your professional and personal life. A chiropractor can help you move forward past this discomfort so that you can start enjoying life again.

Trigger Point Therapy

One of the greatest sources of pain for those who suffer from fibromyalgia is pain in the trigger points of the body, such as the neck, back and feet. The reason this discomfort is often so intense is that trigger point pain isn't generally isolated, but instead it radiates. This causes the pain to spread and cause discomfort in a larger area. Stopping the pain in the trigger point helps relieve any radiating pain caused.

Chiropractors help minimize this discomfort by treating your trigger points, which is generally achieved through deep massage or manipulation techniques, such as muscle elongation. However, unlike traditional treatments, these techniques are performed with minimal pressure. Individuals who suffer from this disease are generally more susceptible to bone injuries. Gentle pressure is typically sufficient to relive the pain without causing any further issues. While this treatment is not painful, some people do find it uncomfortable. Your individual pain tolerance will determine if this method is right for you.

Cold Laser Therapy

For some patients, even the gentle pressure of trigger point therapy is too uncomfortable to endure. Given this scenario, another way chiropractors can help you overcome fibromyalgia pain is through the use of cold laser therapy. Cold laser therapy doesn't require any physical contact with your body and can be performed in a very little amount of time. If you suffer from intense pain or don't have a lot of time for treatment, cold laser therapy is generally a better option.

The cold lasers used with this treatment method look very similar to a flashlight; however, they use wavelengths to interact with your tissues and cells. As the cold laser comes in contact with your body, it stimulates your cells, including those in your ligaments, nerves, cartilage and muscles. This ultimately helps relieve any discomfort and can also help promote healing.  

Being healthy and feeling good is a freedom extended to everyone. Just because you have fibromyalgia doesn't mean you have to live a life where you are in constant pain or discomfort. Make your health a priority and consider treatment from a chiropractor.