Fibromyalgia Center NJ
Come To Us For Fibromyalgia Pain Relief In New Jersey
You hurt all over, your muscles are so stiff in the morning that it is hard to get started! But, your doctor can not find anything wrong with you! Sound like a familiar scenario?
What does your pain really mean? Ask yourself the following questions:
If you have answered “YES” to some of these questions, you may have fibromyalgia (fibromyalgia syndrome, fibromyositis and fibrositis) - a common condition characterized by widespread pain in joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. The soft-tissue pain of fibromyalgia is described as deep-aching, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning, and ranges from mild to severe. Fibromyalgia sufferers tend to wake up with body aches and stiffness. For some patients, pain improves during the day and increases again during the evening, though many patients with fibromyalgia have day-long, unrelenting pain. Pain can increase with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety and/or stress.
We know that… YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE REAL!
We know that… IT’S NOT ALL IN YOUR HEAD!
Additional symptoms of fibromyalgia include: irritable bowel and bladder, headaches and migraines, restless legs, impaired memory and concentration, skin sensitivities and rashes, dry eyes and mouth, anxiety, depression, ringing in the ears, dizziness, vision problems, neurological symptoms or impaired coordination. However, the overwhelming characteristic of fibromyalgia is long-standing, body-wide pain with defined tender points. Tender points are distinct from trigger points - which can occur in isolation and represent a source of radiating pain, even in the absence of direct pressure.
Fibromyalgia is a double edge sword…
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common types of chronic pain conditions, affecting over 5 million people in the US. Men and women of all ages suffer with fibromyalgia, but the disorder is most common among women aged 20 to 50. Fibromyalgia can develop on its own or along with other musculoskeletal conditions - such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
So, just remember…
The causes or triggers of fibromyalgia are unknown. However, we believe there are Physical, Chemical and Emotional factors to consider.
Physical Causes or Triggers:
Chemical Causes or Triggers:
In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology developed the following criteria for classifying fibromyalgia: a history of at least 3 months of widespread pain (pain on both sides of the body, as well as pain above and below the waist) and pain and tenderness in at least 11 of 18 tender-point sites. These tender-point sites include fibrous tissue or muscles of the:
There are no specific laboratory tests for a fibromyalgia diagnosis. It can not be seen on an x-ray nor will a blood test confirm it. These tests are traditionally done to rule out other conditions that may have similar symptoms (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lyme Disease, etc.). It is estimated that it takes an average of five years for a patient to get an accurate fibromyalgia diagnosis. Unfortunately, frustration and extensive investigative costs result. But, we can help!
It’s not the kids, spouse or job!
Fibromyalgia has many causes, not just one. Therefore, understanding and investigating the possible causes or triggers, which have led to a multitude of symptoms is imperative. At the AIMS Clinic, we detect and correct the causes… to help eliminate pain.
The key to our success in the management and treatment of fibromyalgia is an Integrated Treatment Program that corrects the Physical, Chemical and Emotional components of fibromyalgia. At the AIMS Clinic, our Board Certified Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists and Chiropractors conduct a thorough patient history, documentation of symptoms, x-rays, blood tests, physical examination and an accurate manual tender point examination to locate the 11 (minimum) out of 18 tender point sites. We offer a comprehensive scientific integration of: Pain Management, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture and/or Nutritional Counseling. Typically, a combination of two or more of the treatment options below are combined to minimize pain and maximize results.
Pain Management: Our Board Certified Medical Specialist will conduct a thorough examination to determine if Prescription Pain Medication Intervention, Trigger Point Injections, Joint Injections, Epidural Injections, Nerve Blocks, Facet Joint Blocks or Radio Frequency Nerve Ablation are needed.
Functional Medicine: The goal of a Functional Medical Physician is to restore chemical balance via proper nutrition and carefully chosen nutritional supplementation. This process is made possible through metabolically oriented functional tests, which are selected based upon symptoms, medical history and physical examination. When nutrient deficiencies are reversed, the problem is addressed and healing is enhanced. Proper nutrients have a positive effect on pain, as well as the anxiety and depression that goes along with fibromyalgia. Additionally, vitamin and mineral supplementation help boost the immune system and help supply energy.
Based upon our research, 90% of our fibromyalgia patients have severe problems with their gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). GI function is critical for optimal health!
The largest portion of our immune system is located in the GI tract!
We believe the GI tract holds many answers for those seeking fibromyalgia pain relief. Diagnostic tests to determine GI function may include a Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis, 24-Hour Toxic Element Clearance Profile, Elemental Analysis Hair, Hormonal Saliva Testing, Sage Food and Chemical Sensitivity Testing, Hydrogen Breath Test, Body Composition Analysis and Blood Tests (C- Reactive Protein, Homocysteine).
Physical Therapy: Fibromyalgia may stem from an injury, poor posture, muscle imbalances or weak core muscles. The focus of physical therapy is on pain relief, healing, improving body mechanics, restoring function and movement. This is accomplished with a customized fibromyalgia treatment program, generally beginning with passive physical therapy to relax the body. Therapy may include massage, heat or cold therapies, hydrotherapy, electric muscle stimulation (reduces muscle spasms and releases endorphins - the body's natural pain killers) and ultrasound (helps reduce muscle spasms, inflammation, stiffness and pain). As pain is reduced and function improves, active physical therapy will be incorporated to address core stability, flexibility, strength and joint movement. It may include Core Stability (strong core muscles help back muscles support the spine) Muscle Flexibility and Strengthening (to lengthen and strengthen muscles, improve range-of-motion and joint movement). Active physical therapy helps strengthen the body and may prevent further fibromyalgia pain.
Yes, exercise is in your future!
Exercise is an important goal for fibromyalgia patients. But, for many… the mere sound of the word, “exercise” makes them cringe! That is why, our physical therapists have developed a gradient fibromyalgia exercise program. Very small steps forward, slowly lead to larger steps and ultimately, to being able to maintain a moderate exercise program. We know your pain is real… we know your recovery will happen… with small, consistent steps forward!
Chiropractic: Structural balance impacts the nervous system. It is facilitated through chiropractic adjustments or manipulation. To restore spinal balance safely and comfortably to those patients in extreme pain, we offer low-force activator adjustments (uses a small tool which delivers a light and a pain-free measured force to correct misalignments) and the non-force (SOT) Sacro-Occipital Technique (padded blocks are placed under the patient in the pelvic area, which allow the body to adjust itself).
The nervous system is the master system in the body - controlling and coordinating all other systems (respiratory, digestive, muscular, immune, etc.) The goal of chiropractic is to remove any disruptions or distortions of this energy flow that may be caused by slight vertebral misalignments (subluxations). As Chiropractors, we are trained to locate these subluxations and then remove them, thus restoring the normal flow of nerve energy. If the nervous system is healthy and functioning properly, then the other systems under its control may also function properly. At our fibromyalgia pain center, patients find that simple adjustments to the neck and spine significantly reduce their pain and allow their body to function on a normal level.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been studied for a wide range of pain conditions, including fibromyalgia. A study published in the June edition of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows acupuncture can relieve and anxiety in fibromyalgia patients for up to seven months after the treatment without pain and without side effects. Laura Rook, L.Ac, Dipl. Ac & C.H. inserts one or more sterilized, disposable needles into the skin and underlying tissues at specific points.
Another option is electroacupuncture, which uses a needle hooked up to small wires that are connected to light electrical currents to stimulate meridian points. Heat is often used as part of this therapy. Acupuncture releases endorphins (the body's natural opioids) and removes energy blocks - thus restoring the flow of energy along the meridians, which are specific energy channels. Studies show that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters stimulate or inhibit nerve impulses in the brain that relay information about external stimuli and sensations such as pain - increasing the patient's pain tolerance. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help control, reduce or eliminate pain, increase energy and improve sleep and other symptoms.
Herbal Remedies: Sleep disorders are a typical fibromyalgia symptom, and herbal remedies (chamomile, kava kava, and valerian, to name a few) may provide a restful night's sleep. Herbal alternatives for pain include evening primrose, ginger, and white willow bark. Lemon balm may help ease chronic fatigue and stress, while eucalyptus may relax tired muscles.
Lifestyle Recommendations: It is necessary to change or modify activities that cause pain, alter the home and work areas, maintain proper posture while standing, sitting or sleeping and wear comfortable and supportive shoes, when seeking fibromyalgia pain relief.
Creating a treatment plan is simple. First, we discover the areas of weakness - those parts of the body in pain, that are not functioning at an optimal level… chemically, physically and neurologically. This is accomplished via evaluations and diagnostic testing. Next, a customized treatment program of medical care, physical therapy and chiropractic is created on a gradient level to help fibromyalgia sufferers’ improve... one step at a time. Stop wasting time, stop suffering! An accurate fibromyalgia diagnosis is available at our Fibromyalgia Center NJ. Discover our innovative fibromyalgia treatment program and find relief for your pain.
Call New Jersey’s own Alternative Integrated Medical Services today at 732-254-5553 and receive a FREE Initial Consultation. Our goal is to provide the most advanced and compassionate pain relief. Our Team of Experts and friendly staff at your local East Brunswick, NJ AIMS Clinic, will help you reduce or eliminate pain and improve function. As our patient, we will teach you how to regain your health with our revolutionary new treatment program.
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