Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points — places on your body where slight pressure causes pain.


Fibromyalgia occurs in about 2 percent of the population in the United States.  Women are much more likely to develop the disorder than are men, and the risk of fibromyalgia increases with age.  Fibromyalgia symptoms often begin after a physical or emotional trauma, but in many cases there appears to be no triggering event.


Signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary, depending on the weather, stress, physical activity or even the time of day.


The pain associated with fibromyalgia is described as a constant dull ache, typically arising from muscles.  To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.


Fibromyalgia is characterized by additional pain when firm pressure is applied to specific areas of your body, called “tender points.”
There are nine bilateral muscle locations (18 points including both left and right sides of the body) where these “tender points” can be found.  They include the:


  • Low Cervical Region – Front neck location at anterior aspect of the interspaces between the transverse processes of C5-C7.
  • Second Rib – Front chest location at second costochondral junctions.
  • Occiput – Back of the neck location at the suboccipital muscle insertions.
  • Trapezius Muscle – Back shoulder location at midpoint of the upper border.
  • Supraspinatus Muscle – Shoulder blade location above the medial border of the scapular spine.
  • Lateral Epicondyle – Elbow location distal to the lateral epicondyle.
  • Gluteal Muscle – Lower backside location at upper outer quadrant of the buttocks.
  • Greater Trochanter – Rear hip location posterior to the greater trochanteric prominence.
  • Knee Joint – Knee location at the medial fat pad proximal to the joint line.


People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired even though they seem to get plenty of sleep.  Experts believe that these people rarely reach the deep restorative stage of sleep.  Sleep disorders that have been linked to fibromyalgia include restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.


Our treatment program includes chiropractic adjustments, massage, diet, nutritional supplements, low level laser therapy (LLLT), and gentle exercises.  We have found this program to be safe, enjoyable, and successful in alleviating many of pains associated with fibromyalgia.  Patients may be able to avoid anti-depressive and other types of medications. You owe it to your self to try our program.


If you suffer from fibromyalgia, call us for an evaluation appointment to see what chiropractic can do for you.