Fibromyalgia is not only physically disabling and psychologically devastating, but it is often not very well understood by most general practitioners. It cannot be seen on an x-ray, nor is there any conclusive lab test to pinpoint the condition. Hence, fibromyalgia patients must seek out a physician who not only has a deep understanding of the neurological and musculoskeletal systems of the body, but also one who understands the emotional and social aspects of this disease.
Our Medical Director is a physician that specializes in pain management and rehabilitation of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. Our medical center is also equipped to handle both the physical and emotional aspects of the rehabilitation process.
Our goal in treating fibromyalgia is to decrease pain, address the causes of pain, and restore lost functioning. Toward this end, our medical staff uses various interventional pain management procedures in addition to physical therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatment.
Trigger Point Injections: In order to address the widespread, chronic muscle pain associated with Fibromyalgia, some patients may benefit from Trigger Point Injections, which use a local anesthetic medication or cortisone.
Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia in New Jersey: Neurotransmitter imbalance is deeply associated with Fibromyalgia. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body to prompt the release of certain neurotransmitters (serotonin and dopamine, most notably). Because neurotransmitters regulate pain response and emotional states, this treatment will positively affect virtually every function of the body.
Studies have shown that patients with fibromyalgia often exhibit signs of abnormal increases or decreases of blood flow to the brain (abnormal cerebral blood flow). Acupuncture works to restore normal circulation to alleviate this (possible) causative factor.
Based on ancient Chinese theory, acupuncture was designed to restore the body’s natural balance and harmony and return the body to health.
Fibromyalgia and Physical Therapy: While the body may be resistant to physical movement or exercise, physical therapy seeks to keep the body moving in order to reduce pain and prevent further disability. Under the close supervision of our physical therapy department, each patient is guided through a program of therapeutic exercise to further these goals.
Some physical therapy techniques are passive in nature (non-exercise); these are used to speed healing, reduce pain, and relax the body. Passive physical therapy for fibromyalgia may include Low Level Laser Therapy, Electrotherapy, Ice and Heat, and Massage.
Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia: Many fibromyalgia sufferers also experience other painful conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In many cases, misalignments in the spine wreak havoc on the body’s central nervous system. When this occurs, there is no way to predict how physical pain or illness may manifest; fibromyalgia is one example.
Chiropractic care seeks to restore the body to proper functioning by correcting misalignments (also known as subluxations) in the spine. The Doctors of Chiropractic at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation concentrate on a type of chiropractic that is based on Biomechanics and Physics (Chiropractic Biophysics) to ensure optimal spinal alignment and nervous system health.
At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, we have treated enough fibromyalgia patients that we don’t require a conclusive diagnostic test to prove that this condition is real. No one should have to live with the widespread pain, fatigue, and mental anguish of this condition.