Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep, and memory and mood issues. You know, the basic thing that they talk about is fibromyalgia really amplifying the painful sensations and affecting the way your brain processes the pain signals that are brought to it. In chiropractic, we focus on eliminating any interference to the nerve system and the communication from the brain to the rest of the body.
Quite simply, you have a spinal column which protects your central nervous system consisting of the brain and the spinal cord which are totally encased in bones. But where those nerves get exposed is where they exit from in between spinal segments. The spine is broken up into segments and designed to move. However, if the spinal bones are not lined up properly, they can actually irritate the nerves that they’re designed to protect. That irritation will cause hypersensitivity in the nerve system and cause it to fire higher, louder, and amplify these pain messages. As a chiropractor, we aim to reduce nerve interference and reset the spine and the nerve system to a lower resting tone so it’s not as excitable.
It’s basically like if someone is really stressed out and another person comes up behind them and says, “Boo.” They’re going to jump a lot higher than someone who is pretty relaxed. It’s the excitability state of the neurons and the nerve system in the spinal cord and its pathways that, when they are amplified, really contribute to this fibromyalgia pain and determine how much a person is going to be affected. Chiropractic care is known to help people with musculoskeletal pain. It’s also known to reduce interference to the nerve system and decrease the tension or the tone of the nerves themselves as they’re working. If you can combine all three of those things, it’s certainly going to have a significant effect on the pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia.
It doesn’t just stop there. By having chiropractic care, it actually improves the body’s communication and the body’s ability to heal itself. The body’s healing capabilities will be enhanced and your body will heal faster than it breaks down. A lot of times when the body keeps breaking down faster than the body’s ability to heal, it’s going to continue to cause more problems. Chiropractic is a very important tool, and understand, it’s not a panacea. It doesn’t cure everything that ills you, but it’s definitely going to help these people lead a more active, healthy life and limit their dependence on drugs. Less drugs means less side effects which results in better health and better healing in that individual. In short, chiropractic is a very important part of treating people and helping them with their fibromyalgia symptoms.
Dr. Gregg D. Rubinstein, D.C., is a midtown Manhattan chiropractor with over 20 years of experience providing customized chiropractic treatment services to a wide range of clients in the Midtown Manhattan/West New York City area. Dr. Gregg Rubinstein and 57th Street Chiropractic can be reached at (917) 534-6484 and is located at 119 West 57th St. in New York, NY.