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Friday, October 07th, 2011

Felicia Fibro joined Human Touch as a “Friend in Wellness” as she actively shares wellness information to help people with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder which is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, tenderness in localized areas, sleepless nights and overall fatigue. Massage has been found to be one of the best solutions to help ease pain as it increases blood circulation, flexibility, range of motion and helps reduce stress and depression caused by fibromyalgia.

Felicia Fibro, Human Touch's Friend in Wellness will be stopping by to share her stories about fibromyalgia, tips and inspiration. She will also share how massage has helped her ease pain and discomfort from fibromyalgia. Felica is a proud owner of the Human Touch HT-1341 CirQlation® Foot & Calf massager

As a winner of our Facebook contest for Fibromyalgia Month a few months back, Felicia Fibro uses her Human Touch Foot-and-Calf massager to help manage her pain while on her quest to raise awareness and help others by sharing information and staying positive.

Thinking Through the Fibro Fog
by Felicia Fibro

One of the problems those with fibromyalgia face is thinking through their fibro fog. Fibro fog is known by quite a few terms: brain fog, cognitive dysfunction, mental fog, mental fuzziness and dis-cognition. It manifests itself in an array of ways: confusion, forgetfulness, word mix-ups (seeing/hearing/saying one word instead of another), concentration problems, poor word recalls, difficulty grasping a spoken or written concept and losing a train of thought.

At times fibro fog can be worse than at others. Often times it is worse when experiencing more pain or fatigue than normal or when feeling overly stimulated. Some practices that can help deal with fibro fog are creating lists, taking notes, setting calendar/phone reminder alarms and consistently putting things (keys, bills, etc…) in the same place. These methods really help me! Some medications, like Adderall or Cymbalta, may help lessen the symptoms by increasing focus and lessening our bodies’ overwhelming pain signals, respectively.

I first realized I was experiencing fibro fog when I went from being a mental phone book of new and old friends’ numbers to not remembering my current friends’ phone numbers. Yes, this was before everyone just programmed numbers into cell phones. The first years fibro fog effected me in social situations I would feel dumb and get embarrassed. I knew why I was losing my train of thought or not being able to recall simple words that I wanted to speak, but it wasn’t like I was going to give a medical explanation to people I’d just met!

I admit that sometimes I still feel that way in front of people when I first meet them, but for the most part I just laugh it off now. I poke fun at myself, play charades or “word thesaurus” trying to get people to figure out the word I’m trying to think of or sometimes I say, “I should probably just stop talking,” followed by a laugh. I know that my true friends, the people who really know me, know that I’m intelligent and not ditsy.

The good thing is that word mix-ups can make for some very comical situations! For instance, I was recently in a conversation at a party where it would’ve been funny if I brought up RuPaul. Instead I mentioned Ron Paul. I couldn’t understand why nobody thought what I said was funny. Then The Helpful Hubby heard me repeat it, started laughing and gave me the name I’d meant to say – RuPaul. Ron Paul is a politician, RuPaul is a drag queen…quite different references! LOL! Another word mix up gave my friend and fellow spoonie, @MessyHappiness, and I one of our new favorite phrases. I had written her, “I’d try to stay calm for now =) it will help your body heal faster!” and she read, “…catch some calm.” Now we use the phrase “catch some calm” quite often!

Chat with us and @FeliciaFibro and our friends on Twitter as we talk about fibromyalgia and share wellness tips and inspire others living with fibromyalgia pain.

Friday, October 07th, 2011

By Dr. Dill

It was not so very long ago that chiropractic care was intimately linked to the image of spines being twisted, pulled and cracked. People went to their chiropractors when they suffered from lower back pain and needed relief down the length of their spines.

Though this stereotype may have some validity on the fringes of the industry, the truth is that the face of chiropractic care is changing in a way that positively impacts chiropractic patients, practitioners and the way we view health care as a whole.

At its most basic level, chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses specifically on musculoskeletal system and nervous system disorders such as those affiliated with back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints and headaches. This care is delivered through spinal manipulation (also known as chiropractic adjustments), which then restores full mobility to the disabled parts of the body.

Certainly chiropractic care continues to focus on how the spine assists in the body’s functioning, but the role it plays in healthcare has certainly evolved from the days of snapping, cracking and popping. Today, the focus of chiropractic care is not simply on helping the back or neck feel better, but rather empowering chiropractic patients to embrace full-body wellness through non-invasive, painless and drug-free adjustments.

Most people would agree that our medical system is broken. We’ve become reliant on drug therapies and costly procedures to get better faster. The truth is that being healthy doesn’t have to cost a fortune, nor should it require extensive and invasive procedures in a medical office. With chiropractic care, the goal is not to simply put a Band-Aid on a symptom. Instead, we know that the body knows how to heal itself, and that, when the brain can accurately communicate with the rest of the body, a myriad of conditions clear themselves up without drugs or surgery. All the body needs is someone to realize the spinal cord has been hindered in some way and fix that misalignment so that the brain can continue to send complete and accurate messages from the head down to the tips of the fingers and toes. In this way, the actual medical problems—which go beyond back pains and headaches and include everything from earaches, fibromyalgia and vertigo—are resolved instead of just masking the painful and uncomfortable symptoms.

Resolving a medical problem with no drugs, no pain and minimal cost really is a novel idea in a society that struggles through a healthcare crisis. And while all of those things make chiropractic an important part of the healthcare continuum, it’s something else that truly sets this field apart from others: We put the power of healthcare back in our patients hands. Some people call chiropractic a form of holistic care, and perhaps it is given the fact that we don’t rely on standard medical procedures, but our ultimate goal is simply to educate people that their bodies are powerful, strong machines that have the capability to heal and thrive with minimal intervention of foreign chemicals and procedures. It is said that knowledge is power, and when people realize that embracing chiropractic means they are ultimately in control of the way their bodies function and respond, that is a powerful thing indeed.

At The Specific Chiropractic Center, we are proud to practice pure, unadulterated Specific Chiropractic in order to deliver the highest level of results possible at the lowest cost possible to our patients. We are proud that our principles and practices have aligned us with Human Touch. If you or someone you love is ready to explore chiropractic as an option for getting and staying well, please visit our website at www.thespecific.com.