Newmarket Chiropractor Dr. Lemasurier on Fibromyalgia
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that was identified as early as the 1800s. However, it was only during 1970s that the name of the condition was recognized and officially classified as a disease. It is believed that the condition affects around 1 in every 20 individuals in the world. In Canada, about 2% of Canadians suffer from fibromyalgia. It can occur in various individuals regardless of their ethnicity, age, or gender. For unknown reasons, the condition is more likely to occur in women than men. The pain and aches that are associated with the condition greatly affect the quality of life of those who are suffering from it.
Fibromyalgia is one of the diseases that primarily affect the muscles and lead to chronic pain. Fortunately, individuals who are suffering from it do not develop body deformity or damage. This is because the painful tissues are not accompanied by the inflammation of the body tissues. However, the pain caused by the disease is enough to affect the daily routines of those who are suffering from it.
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Causes of Fibromyalgia
There is no exact known cause of fibromyalgia. There are several factors that are being associated with the disease including infections, physical trauma, and genetics. Some experts believe that there are certain infections that make individuals more susceptible to fibromyalgia. Moreover, physical trauma and other traumatizing events are also being linked to the disease. Aside from these, there is also a possibility that individuals whose families have a history of the disease are more likely to develop it as well.
Individuals with fibromyalgia generally feel wide spread pain in most of the tender points in the body including shoulders, hips, knees, lower back, rib cage, chest, shins, and back of the neck. The pain that they experience is associated with the central sensitization theory. It is believed that individuals who are suffering from the condition have a lower threshold for pain due to the increased brain sensitivity. Some of them may also experience muscle pain, sensory sensitivity, and difficulty sleeping.
Those who are suffering from fibromyalgia also have sensitivity to noise, odors, and light as well as temperature and pressure changes. They may also experience sleep disturbances, vision problems, and photophobia. Among the visible symptoms of the disease include mottled skin and temporary hair loss.
There are no specific tests that should be done to diagnose fibromyalgia. It typically based on the physical examination of the condition and on the medical history of the patient. Generally, individuals must experience pain in at least 11 of the 18 tender points in the body in order for them to be considered as someone who is suffering from the disease. They also have to experience widespread pain on both right and left sides of their bodies as well as below and above the waist for more than 3 months.
Diagnosing this kind of condition can be very difficult for some doctors. On average, it takes about 5 years before doctors can have an accurate diagnosis of the condition. Some of the symptoms of the disease also overlap with the symptoms of other diseases. One reason why doctors find it hard to diagnose fibromyalgia is the lack of specific diagnostic laboratory tests. Basically, standard tests do not show the physiologic reason for the pain.
There are several treatments that are available to relieve the pain caused by fibromyalgia. These involve physical therapy and fitness program as well as some medications such as muscle relaxants, sleeping aids, pain relievers, and anti-seizure drugs.
Some alternative treatments such as chiropractic care are also available to those who are afraid to take medications due to the side effects and complications that they may bring. Newmarket chiropractor Dr. Peter Lemasurier in Ontario is one of the health care professionals that are offering chiropractic treatment for fibromyalgia in Canada.
Several studies reveal that chiropractic care treatment is relieving the pain that is associated with fibromyalgia. It is believed that the alignment of the spine that is commonly practiced in chiropractic care can reduce the pain felt by individuals throughout their body. Moreover, spinal manipulation is also found to help in relieving the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Individuals can make sure that a chiropractor in Newmarket such as Dr. Lemasurier is skilled and experienced to perform chiropractic treatment for fibromyalgia in a safe and effective manner. Aside from chiropractic care, Dr. Lemasurier is also offering laser therapy, a very effective method of pain relief and in many cases a cure for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.