Chiropractic is a health treatment that aims to correct problems with the muscles, nerves, and skeletal system. Chiropractic is a popular treatment for pain and stiffness caused by fibromyalgia. Chiropractic treatment is not a cure for fibromyalgia.
What does it involve?
At your first visit, a chiropractor will ask you questions about your symptoms and examine you. The most common form of chiropractic treatment is an adjustment, also called a spinal manipulation. During an adjustment, the chiropractor will carefully direct force into specific joints in order to increase mobility and correct misalignment. Chiropractors may also utilize massage or teach you stretches you can do at home.
The goal of chiropractic treatment for fibromyalgia is to reduce pain and stiffness and help you feel your best.
The results of studies on the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for fibromyalgia are mixed and inconclusive. One article published in 2009 reviewed three clinical trials and concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support the idea that chiropractic treatment is effective for fibromyalgia. Another 2009 article reviewed existing literature about all nonpharmacologic treatment options for fibromyalgia, including chiropractic treatment. The second article concluded that there was limited evidence for spinal manipulations as an effective treatment for fibromyalgia.
More research is needed to determine the potential benefits of chiropractic treatment for people with fibromyalgia.
Some insurers will cover chiropractic treatment, but others may not. Out-of-pocket costs for chiropractic treatment may be expensive.
Depending on where you live, it may be difficult to find or travel to a chiropractor.
In rare cases, people may feel pain during chiropractic adjustments. Some people feel mild soreness for up to 48 hours after receiving chiropractic treatment.