I really believe you can find pain relief for fibromyalgia and chiropractor adjustments can help.
Learn what to look for and what to ask about to get the most out of your chiropractic visits.
The first chiropractor that I went to never cracked me at all, he gave me an 85% disability (I was in pretty bad shape!), and said that there was nothing he could do for me. This is not the type of chiropractor that I would recommend.
Three years later, I tried another chiropractor. This one was much better. He said he'd never seen so many locked up joints in his life. So, you may not need to go to the extremes that I need to go to in order to get helpful chiropractic care, but I am hoping that this information might help you, too.
This second chiropractor would feel a joint while moving it, then adjust it. He cracked nearly everything in my body. Then, he checked to see if my joints were moving properly after adjusting. I feel that checking the movement of a joint before and after adjustment is one key to quality chiropractic care. The method this chiropractor uses is called "motion palpation".
Now, I've called around to chiropractors after I moved, trying to find one that practices motion palpation. Most of them claim to use this technique. Find out if they are willing to test all of your major joints (ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, upper back, middle back, lower back) for proper movement and alignment.
This is another key, I believe, to quality chiropractic care. You need to have the whole body in alignment, not just the spine. Then the whole body can remain in balance. But if you straighten out the middle and leave the two ends crooked, the middle will go back to being crooked in order to counter-act the ends being out of balance. The body will revert to this, just to remain erect.
This is my theory from experience but I was happy to find another chiropractor who also believed this to be true. This chiropractor uses Applied Kinesiology to find out what my body needs.
I am learning that there are about 50 different kinds of Applied Kinesiology. There are a number of websites claiming that this is quackery. I have had real benefits from the use of Applied Kinesiology, so you will have to decide for yourself.
Through muscle testing techniques, a chiropractor who uses Applied Kinesiology will ask your body what it needs and then do it. This technique is not recognized by the mainstream medical community in the US.
When I first saw a chiropractor that practices Applied Kinesiology, I was in pretty bad shape. My back had gone out about 2 weeks before. I had been to 4 appointments with another chiropractor, plus tried an orthopedic chiropractor.
I was still unable to stand up straight. X-rays didn't show that my discs were close together, indicating a ruptured disk, but I was in a lot of pain with the slightest movement.
In one visit, that took an hour, this chiropractor had me standing up straight and touching my toes, twisting in any direction that I pleased. I felt fabulous. He instructed me to come back in 2 weeks (instead of a day or two!). I was amazed. I then went swimming with my kids.
I had a few follow-up visits and the only drawback of this type of chiropractic care is that my body stopped telling him what it needed. (That's why I feel there are psychological aspects to healing as well.)
He felt he was done working on me because my body wasn't giving him more signals of what needed aligning, but I could tell that my body was not in full alignment. I insisted that my body didn't feel right and he actually had to trick by body into telling him what it needed.
I've tried a second chiropractor who utilizes Applied Kinesiology. He wasn't quite as effective, and each of these chiropractors that I've tried who uses Applied Kinesiology has different techniques and philosophies, so you still have to shop around and find the best for you.
Be proactive. If you don't feel like everything is in place and moving freely, ask to be worked on some more. Some chiropractors will say, "That's enough for today. I don't want to do too much."
Frankly, a lot of them will say this. There may be some merit to this, but the good chiropractors will work on you more, until you feel like everything is moving correctly.
And they will get annoyed with your demands for whole body adjustments, but hey, you are paying them and you can always take your business elsewhere.
It can be difficult to be assertive. It's good practice for putting yourself first!
Also, you need to tell your chiropractor up front everything that doesn't feel right. Sometimes, if they've already adjusted your lower back, they will be reluctant to adjust your hip because it may pull your back out of alignment again. So, tell them up front what you want checked or what you feel is aching, uncomfortable, cracking upon movement, or doesn't seem to have full range of motion. (This is not always necessary with chiropractors who practice Applied Kinesiology.)
One way to find help is by searching for a fibromyalgia chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology. My favorite chiropractor who utilizes Applied Kinesiology is not listed here. Inquire with your friends or call and ask questions about fibromyalgia and chiropractor's experience, to find a good chiropractor that truly helps you move better, and live more pain free.
Getting your body into alignment will help with blood and energy flow. You will utilize less energy to move and may decrease pain as the muscles are able to relax instead of holding on for dear life so you don't fall apart. I hope this helps you.
For other Fibromyalgia tips besides a chiropractor, go to the Fibromyalgia Pain Relief Page.
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