Functional Medicine Chiropractic Care and Fibromyalgia

About 5 million people above the age of 18 are currently diagnosed in the United States, with 80-90% of these patients being women. Common fibromyalgia symptoms are pain, fatigue, stiffness, disturbed sleep, and memory difficulties (also known as "brain fog" or "fibro fog") all though there are 18 tender points. These are located all over the body, including on the neck, chest, back, and knees. Patients who have fibromyalgia experience pain in at least 11 of the 18 tender points.

Many doctors and patients believe that fibromyalgia is a disease and are treating it with antidepressants and other medications which are quite frankly drugging their patients to mask the symptoms. It is my opinion, as well as most Functional Medicine physicians, that fibromyalgia is a symptom. It is not a disease, it is a symptom of some OTHER disease process. At Functional Medicine of Houston, sister company to West U Chiropractic, we practice functional medicine which looks for the root cause of the symptoms and diseases our patients are having. Through lab testing and applying treatments derived from the latest research we can often discover the reason for dysfunction and therefore help our patients recover their enjoyment for living.

There are many possible causes of fibromyalgia and some of them could be food allergies, especially gluten, chronic infections in the gastrointestinal ( GI ), inflammation and hormone issues including thyroid plus many more. Testing can be done to find out each individuals dysfunction. People are told they have to just live with it and take medication at often doesn’t help them recover. It's wrong for people to suffer if a cause can be found and removed.

Call our clinic or send us an email to to see if we can help you find the cause of your suffering and help your body feel better in the meantime with chiropractic adjustments.


Check out this study done on the effects of chiropractic care for fibromyalgia patients:

Site: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1997 Jul-Aug;20(6):389-99.



To demonstrate the effectiveness of chiropractic management for fibromyalgia patients using reported pain levels, cervical and lumbar ranges of motion, strength, flexibility, tender points, myalgic score and perceived functional ability as outcome measures.


A. Preliminary randomized control crossover trial. B. Before and after design.


Twenty-one rheumatology patients (25-70 yr). CHIROPRACTIC INTERVENTIONS: Treatment consisted of 4 wk of spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy and passive stretching at the chiropractors' discretion. CONTROL INTERVENTION: Chiropractic management withheld for 4 wk with continuation of prescribed medication.


Changes in scores on the Oswestry Pain Disability Index, Neck Disability Index, Visual Analogue Scale, straight leg raise and lumbar and cervical ranges of motion were observed.


Chiropractic management improved patients' cervical and lumbar ranges of motion, straight leg raise and reported pain levels. These changes were judged to be clinically important within the confines of our sample only.


Further study with a sample size of 81 (for 80% power at alpha < or = .05) is recommended to determine if these findings are generalizable to the target population of fibromyalgia suffers.

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