Posted by: Dr. Paul Zemella - Santa Barbara Chiropractor | August 24, 2011

Santa Barbara Chiropractors Treat Fibromyalgia

There is a mass of anecdotal reporting of the benefits of the use of chiropractors to treat  Fibromyalgia and CFS, although few clinical studies support these claims.  Since the manipulative methodology of osteopathy and chiropractic have become ever closer, and the methods of osteopathy are now widely used by massage therapists, there are clinical studies involving OMT and massage reporting that it is safe to assume that  the claims of chiropractors to treat fibromyalgia are accurate. It is reported that  Santa Barbara chiropractors who treat fibromyalgia with a focus on muscles, such as Morter Bio Energetic Synchronisation Technique (BEST) are more likely to be helpful in FIBROMYALGIA cases than the more active adjustment methods, although these do have their place when joint restrictions are a feature.How Well Are Santa Barbara Chiropractors Educated?

To become a Chiropractor in the USA requires undergraduate bachelor studies focusing on biology and science, then a 4 year program at a Chiropractic College. Some states require that a practitioner have a Bachelor’s Degree and a Chiropractic Degree to practice.

Similar to many other professionals, Chiropractors are regulated at two different levels:Board Certification – conducted by the National Board of Chiropractor Examiners, thereby creating national standards for Chiropractic care.

Licensure – taking place at the state level in accordance with specific state laws. Licensure may differ significantly from state to state.

Most states require successful completion of the National Chiropractic Board examination prior to licensure. Some states also require passing a practical examination. All states recognize training from Chiropractic schools accredited by the Council of Chiropractic Education (CCE).
How Do Chiropractors Diagnose And Treat Fibromyalgia?

Like other health practitioners, Dr. Paul Zemella of Zemella Family Chiropractic Center in Santa Barbara follow a standard routine to secure the information they need for diagnosis and treatment. They take the patient’s medical history, conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations, and may order laboratory tests.  X-Rays and other diagnostic images are important tools because of the Chiropractor’s emphasis on the spine and its proper function. Santa Barbara Chiropractors also employ a postural and spinal analysis common to Chiropractic diagnosis.In cases in which difficulties can be traced to the involvement of musculoskeletal structures, Chiropractors manually adjust the spinal column. Some chiropractors use water, light, massage, ultrasound, electric, and heat therapy. They also may apply supports such as straps, tapes, and braces. Most Santa Barbara Chiropractors will counsel fibromyalgia patients about wellness concepts such as nutrition, exercise, changes in lifestyle, and stress management, but do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Some Chiropractors specialize in sports injuries, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, nutrition, internal disorders, or diagnostic imaging.

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