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Fibromyalgia and “the other stuff” 

 January 25, 2012

By  Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

Mechanicsville, Virginia — At Stover Chiropractic we see many people who have been diagnosed, or could be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  Chiropractic has been shown to very helpful for people seeking relief from fibromyalgia symptoms.  In my experience it is not just muscle pain that patients will present with in our office.  There is all the “other stuff.” Sleeping problems, fatigue, digestive issues, “fibro fog”, TMJ, and so on.  All of the above are related to regulatory problems that have developed in one’s nervous system. In other words, due to the constant pain input into the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, the central nervous system becomes overly senstive to certain stimulus that previously would not have bothered anything in the past for fibromyalgia patients.

This is explained very well in an article on about.com from 12/31/11 called: “Illness Clusters: The Reason Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ‘Bring Friends.'”  Adrienne Dellwo explains central sensitisation:

“Usually when we hear about sensitization or sensitivity, it has to do with an allergy. In an allergy, the body becomes sensitive to a particular substance and thereafter reacts inappropriately to it.

The central part of CS refers to the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain and spinal column. The central nervous system, in these conditions, because sensitized to “noxious stimuli,” which is basically any input that’s unpleasant – pain, bright lightcertain noises, etc. As with an allergy, the body begins to react inappropriately to that input.

As a result, what should be mild discomfort becomes pain, an obnoxious noise may trigger pain or anxiety, and light pressure from a waistband may cause a burning feeling on the skin and a deep ache in the muscles and connective tissues.

Yunus says evidence supports the theory that CS is a causal factor in these illnesses and the reason that they so often occur together. (Causal factor means that it is one of many causes that come together and not the sole cause.) Having one CSS predisposes you to the others.”

The goal of chiropractic is to remove interference and irritation to the nervous system which is commonly caused by subluxations.  If we can break the cycle noxious stimuli (the subluxation) we can usually help fibromyalgia pain.

Please call us at 804-559-1100 if you have any questions.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.


Dr. Stover grew up in Richmond. He has been married to his wife Andrea since 2000 and they make their home in Mechanicsville with their children, Avery and Garnett.

Dr. Tripp Stover, D.C.

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  1. There have been several studies that suggest chiropractic treatment is quite effective in managing the pain associated with fibromyalgia. While there is currently no cure for the condition, there is definitely treatment available that can make your life more manageable.

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