What it Is
The condition called “fibromyalgia” is a myofascial pain syndrome (a muscular pain syndrome) that can result in generalized back pain and muscle pain, a feeling of general fatigue, and specific tender areas. Scans, blood tests, orthopedic and neurological examinations are all normal. The distinguishing feature are multiple spots that are tender to palpation, called “tender points.” These tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them.
Fibromyalgia most commonly affects middle-age women who are otherwise healthy. However, the condition can affect women of all ages, as well as men and children.
While there is no known anatomical reason for the syndrome, it is suspected that there are underlying biochemical causes.
- Difficulty sleeping
- Feeling tired after waking from sleep, instead of feeling refreshed
- Stiff joints in the morning that usually feel better as the day goes on
At Spine Central we offer a non-medicated approach including gentle myofascial treatment, low force chiropractic adjustments, low level laser therapy and prescription exercise to improve general aerobic conditioning and muscle endurance.