Treatments for fibromyalgia don't always work the same for every person, and chiropractic care is no different.
Some people rave about their chiropractor, while others have tried a few and say they will never go back.
I believe, like any other therapy, it depends greatly on the practitioner.
I have had some good DC's over the last 30 plus years I've been getting chiropractic care, but I have also had some that were not good for me, and even hurt me.
Finding good chiropractic care might be daunting if you have had negative experiences, but it does bear some persistence.
You never know when it is the right time, and you find someone who can help with proper body and spine alignment, subluxation, chronic pain from fibro, injury, or uneven leg length.
I first went to a chiropractor after a car accident when I was about 20 years old. I had hurt my neck, and they put me in a neck brace for a few days.
I wasn't very familiar with the procedure, and I remember having a level of distrust in the chiropractor.
I just wasn't a believer at that point.
It took me many years to find a DC I was comfortable with, and even though I wasn't always consistent, I have used chiropractic care as one tool for health maintenance.
If you have read our Neck Pain article, you likely know our protocols regarding the neck and restoring natural curvature.
This is one of the most important points I often revisit regarding the upper body.
With fibromyalgia, tender points, trigger points, and the tendency to have a forward leaning neck, I believe it is essential to always work on restoring curvature first.
This will also help to maintain the adjustments, and avoid pain after adjustments.
Refer to our neck pain protocols in that link above anytime.
As I mentioned above, I have personally been hurt by Chiropractors, even some who claimed to cater to fibro people's special needs.
It is so important to go slow, communicate your needs, and never assume they know YOUR body until they have worked with you for a certain amount of time.
My favorite D.C has been practicing for over 30 years, and I have a greater trust level with her, but I still have to communicate my needs, as they may even change over time.
I actually don't like EVERY part of the adjustment that she wants to do, so I have to really be assertive.
Never allow a chiropractor to do something just because it is part of their normal routine.
I find the neck adjustment, lying on my front side, very helpful and safe, but when she wants me to turn on my side, well it just doesn't feel right for me.
Being assertive is key.
Also, be aware of DC's who claim cures or are pushing a lot of supplements.
Is there a best time of day to get an adjustment?
Some people may not find one time better than another, but I personally find that late morning or afternoon works best.
Let the body naturally work out any stiffness from lying down all night.
If your D.C. only works in the morning for example, see if you can be the last appointment.
Use moist heat or alternating hot and cold therapy after appointments to keep the blood flowing. (5 minutes of each for 2-3 intervals)
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