Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a common clinical syndrome of unknown cause characterized by widespread pain and muscle tenderness often accompanied by chronic fatigue, sleep disturbance, and depressed mood. There are many theories regarding possible causes of FMS, but no universally accepted explanation, making a rational approach to therapy difficult. It is conventionally treated by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents and tricyclic antidepressant medications. Many patients prefer natural treatments, of which there are many, including aromatherapy, acupuncture, spiritual practices, oral supplementation and dietary modifications. Among these, a particular emphasis is placed on nutritional approaches, including both whole diet therapies and treatments based on isolated nutrients or supplements. This article will discuss nutritional treatments for fibromyalgia, with special attention to an intravenous vitamin-mineral mixture that is currently under investigation.
According to the National Fibromyalgia Research Association, symptoms of fibromyalgia tend to be alleviated when refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, fried foods, red meat, and highly processed foods are eliminated or kept to a minimum, due to the potential these foods have to irritate muscles and stress the immune system. Many people reportedly benefit from eliminating all sugar in their diets for a month. This can appreciably reduce the craving for sweets, and allows the body to better manage its sugar intake when sugar is added back into the diet. Similarly, reducing caffeine and fried and processed fatty foods can improve cravings for these items in the same way. Eliminating certain food items like these not only contributes to a healthier overall diet and lifestyle, but also allows patients to see if the foods are contributing to their fibromyalgia symptoms.
Though often termed an alternative treatment, chiropractic care is now becoming more accepted by the mainstream medical community. Almost 20% of American men and women have used the services of a chiropractor at some point in their lives. 80% of those who use chiropractors report significant pain relief, better functioning, and an increased sense of wellbeing. But what theories are chiropractic care based on and what exactly does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractic care is based on the theory that illness and pain are caused by misalignments in your skeletal structure. It sees the body as a connected system, which relies on your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons to keep it functioning efficiently. When your skeletal structure is sound, your body should feel healthy and happy. But if parts of your skeleton are slightly off balance, it could cause serious problems, like chronic pain.
Chiropractors aim to solve pain and related symptoms by correcting the imbalances in your skeletal structure. Through a series of techniques, including stretches, adjustments, and manipulations, your chiropractor will restore your skeletal balance, thereby eliminating any pain symptoms.