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North Dallas And Plano TX Chiropractor Dr. Khayal Treats Fibromyalgia With The ProAdjuster System, Cold Laser, And Orthotics To Reduce Pain And Improve Patients Quality Of Life
When patients start telling me they feel like their muscles are shrinking and tightening to the point that they’re in constant pain, I have immediate concerns about a common disorder that has no cure. Serving those who live in Dallas, Plano, Addison, Carrollton and the nearby communities I have started to see an increase in patients discussing these symptoms.
Fibromyalgia (muscle fatigue syndrome) is a mysterious and complex disorder of the central nervous system which produces symptoms of muscle fatigue, stiffness, poor sleep, and restless leg syndrome just to name a few. Medical experts are not completely sure of the cause, but people with fibromyalgia appear to have abnormalities in the neurotransmitters that transmit nerve impulses. Research has also found that people involved in traumatic situations, both physical and mental, are prone to having this disorder, especially women and people over 40.
Because fibromyalgia produces different symptoms in different individuals, I strive to focus on being a good and discerning listener. It is important that my patients have confidence in my abilities to help them with their pain relief along with having proper communication.
When I meet with the patient at the initial consultation, I review their entire health history and perform an overall physical assessment. Diagnosing and testing can be subjective but the most important test consists of the 18 designated points along the upper and lower back and gluteal regions that will prove to be increasingly tender when proper pressure is applied. In healthy people, the tender points only hurt when enough pressure is put on them to make the base of the thumbnail turn white. In people with fibromyalgia, the tender points will hurt when much less pressure is applied. To be conclusive, 11 of the 18 points have to be rendered as “painful”.
Another test I perform is the digital scanning of the medial arches of the feet for pronation, supination and unequal arches (right vs. left foot) is important. Normal range of motion in the joints of the pelvis and spine are also important. I make it a point to do standing x-rays of the low back and neck to determine disc heights, pelvic symmetry, gravity line, lordotic curves and the pelvic angle. Any abnormalities will produce additional stress on one or more muscle groups, increasing the demand, potential tightening and pain on the muscles. The combination of these tests will validate any suspicions of this disorder, and upon confirmation, I then start treatment.
Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia
As mentioned earlier, the nervous system plays an integral part in this disorder and I have dedicated my practice to provide my patients with the most current tools and treatments available today.
I use the patented ProAdjuster (Ultralign G2) system as part of the overall therapy I prescribe; and I have found it to be very effective in making precision adjustments to the neck and spine which are essential to continued joint fluidity and nerve functions. Light massage therapy, cold laser, and the use of custom orthotics can also be prescribed to help improve a patient’s health. Once the spine is correctly aligned and functioning at optimal levels, pain symptoms in those affected muscle groups, not just the spine and neck, should be reduced to minimal levels.
Of course this process for most is long term and so initial patient visits will be at least 3 times a week and gradually, as we see improvement, can be reduced to 1 time a week depending on the progress made.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia but the combination of chiropractic care, exercise, diet, proper nutrition, and changes in lifestyle will definitely improve your quality of life.
I advise patients that this process is like a marathon, it can definitely be a long journey, and the finish is not always known, but with the right attitude and our proactive support, the process will be much easier and to live with.