The figures display the location of the tender points that comprise the 1990 American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is similar to rheumatism, which is a chronic condition in which the joints, and soft tissue, experience pain. Like rheumatism, fibromyalgia cause significant pain and fatigue. Fibromyalgia sufferers experience pain and tenderness at multiple, and specific places on the body (see diagram), and pain in response to even very slight pressure.In addition to pain and fatigue, people who have fibromyalgia may experience
- sleep disturbances
- morning stiffness
- irritable bowel syndrome
- painful menstual periods
- numbness or tingling of the extremities
- restless legs syndrome
- temperature sensitivity
- cognitive and memory problems
Fibromyalgia is believed by many to be caused by stressful or traumatic events, such as automobile accidents. Others connect it to repetitive injuries, or think it’s related to lupus, or other auto-immune diseases. The actual cause is not known, and there is no cure.For an accurate diagnosis, a person must have 11 or more tender points. One of these predesignated sites is considered a true tender point only if the person feels pain upon the application of 4 kilograms of pressure to the site. People who are correctly diagnosed certainly may feel pain at other sites, too, but those 18 standard possible sites on the body are the criteria used for classification.While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, chiropractic may be able to relieve some of the symptoms, in some cases. With the addition of deep tissue laser therapy, we are able to accelerate the relief patients may receive.
Please contact our chiropractic clinic in Destin, Florida or at the Grand Boulevard shopping center in Miramar Beach, Florida at 850-654-1850 to schedule chiropractic care, massage therapy, deep tissue laser therapy, nutritional counseling, rehabilitation services, or if you have questions about any of our services or our ability to provide you with help.