Fibromyalgia (”FM”) is a chronic condition marked by widespread muscular and joint pain, as well as specific “tender points” that occasionally occur in the neck, spine, hips and shoulders. Other symptoms include sleep disturbances and fatigue, depression and irritable bowel syndrome. The condition affects an estimated 2% to 4% of the population, but an estimated 80% of sufferers are women, most of them working age, so FM has obvious consequences in terms of employment and family stress.
A recent study concluded that one-third of the people who participated in aerobic exercise rated themselves as “much or very much better’ after three months of exercise. After one year of exercise, the benefits were still maintained. In much the same way, chiropractic helps to ease the pain and put the sufferer in a better physical space.