Fibromyalgia is classified by the presence of chronic widespread pain and a heightened and painful response to gentle touch. Other core features of the disorder include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness. There is also a significant correlation of fibromyalgia to irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression.
The criteria for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia has been controversial since the disease was first reported due to the lack of laboratory tests or medical imaging to document the diagnosis, even though an array of associated symptoms and conditions were reported.
AlignLife’s fibromyalgia treatment protocols focus on the underlying conditions that may be causative in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, rather than focusing on the diagnosis itself. Here is an outline of our 7 step program:
Lifestyle: We immediately modify adversity in the lifestyle that is associated with muscle pain and fatigue. Dehydration, excess sugar and caffeine intake, abnormal sleep habits, faulty breathing patterns, postural distortions and ergonomic stresses are all contributing factors that must be addressed before symptoms of fibromyalgia can lessen.
First Morning Urine pH Test: A simple, inexpensive and non-invasive test assesses systemic pH levels. Lower pH levels have a significant impact on the oxygenation of tissue and the associated fibromyalgia symptoms of muscle pain and fatigue.
Microbiology Digestive Test: Many chronic health conditions originate in the gut. Infection and poor absorption of essential nutrients may cause immune compromise, hormone imbalance and numerous other conditions. Excessive gut permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome) may cause an abnormal immune response, causing food allergies and numerous auto-immune conditions.The Microbiology Test assesses overall gut function and provides insight as to what steps can be taken to improve overall gut health. It quantifies the levels and type of good bacteria required for optimal absorption of macro and micronutrients. Harmful bacteria and fungus such as Candida Albicans are revealed. Isolated strains of these harmful organisms found in the sample are cultured and combated against pharmacological and herbal remedies to clarify sensitivities and provide your doctor with optimal treatment options.
Chiropractic: Spinal nerve compression, spinal joint restrictions and postural distortions have all been directly associated with the typical fibromyalgia symptoms and managed successfully with chiropractic care.
Rehabilitation: Core strengthening routines and moderate aerobic exercise have been shown to improve muscle health and tissue oxygenation. A conditioned individual at rest is stated to have 30% of muscle capillary beds open, while sedentary individuals have only 10% of capillary beds open at rest. Conditioning plays a role in muscle health, elasticity of muscle and the associated pain syndromes. Less blood flow to muscle tissues increases symptoms of fibromyalgia. Therefore, rehabilitation protocols that condition and include cardiovascular exercise are crucial to the successful management of fibromyalgia.
Detoxification: Many environmental toxins have a half-life of three to four decades, creating a build-up of toxins in body tissues. Utilization of the Ultimate Body Cleanse is introduced to fibromyalgia patients for the following reasons:
- Its support of both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of liver detoxification to promote toxin binding and elimination.
- Its digestive restoration program incorporating fiber, glutamine and probiotics improves the integrity of the gut, thereby managing and reducing intestinal damage and improving digestion.
- Its immune balancing component of eliminating all allergenic foods for a ten day period of time.
- Its parasitic cleansing module designed to eliminate any potential parasitic infections.
Weight Management: If body composition is imbalanced, a program will be introduced to improve the muscle to fat ratio with an advanced ketosis program, ensuring stable weight loss without cravings, special foods or excessive pills.
Numerous theories as to the cause of fibromyalgia are in circulation and include everything from excess stress, elevated levels of Substance P in the cerebral spinal fluid, hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system and deficiency of Human Growth Hormone or serotonin.
Many of these associated conditions can be improved or potentially corrected with the implementation of the programs introduced in our integrated fibromyalgia management system.