Denver Chiropractor Reviews: Fibromyalgia Tender Points

Fibromyalgia Tender Points

Fibromyalgia Tender Points

One of the most unique characteristics associated with fibromyalgia syndrome are that of fibromyalgia tender points. Fibromyalgia tender points are generalized local pain upon pressure of the tissue that surrounds joints, or in the joints themselves. Fibromyalgia tender points also happen to be one of the key diagnosing factors related to the syndrome, as 11 of the 18 possible tender points must be symptomatic for a proper diagnosis.

Other symptoms might include but are not limited to headaches, depression, skin irritation, dysmenorrhea, memory loss, and chronic. Since these symptoms may be found in other diseases, illnesses, and syndromes, fibromyalgia tender points remain one of the keys to differentiating fibromyalgia and other disorders.

Since fibromyalgia tender points are extremely sensitive to touch, it is important that examiners take great caution when evaluating the areas. The fact that muscles, tendons, and fibrotic tissue often have symptoms of discomfort and weakness is a key component to understand whether fibromyalgia tender points are present in a presenting patient.

Fibromyalgia Tender Points are evaluated in the following areas:

  • Occiput
  • Cervical Spine
  • The Second Rib
  • Supraspinatus Muscle
  • The Trapezius
  • Lateral Epicondyle
  • Gluteal Muscle
  • Knee
  • The Greater Trochanter

Upon evaluation of these areas a physician can make a proper diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome. There are other disorders that may also have symptoms of fibromyalgia tender points, such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) but they do not occur in as many places as with fibromyalgia syndrome.

Fibromyalgia Tender Points and Chiropractic

Nutritional issues, thyroid dysfunction, oxygen deprivation and neurological imbalances are all areas that we assess at out clinic. Effective pain relief treatments for the symptoms of fibromyalgia tender points have been seen with certain types of chiropractic care and chiropractic and meticulously administered myofascial therapy.

Posted from Lakewood, Colorado, United States.

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Ron Spallone


Dr. Ron Spallone, DC is the chiropractic clinic director. His passion is the driving force behind Denver Chiropractor dot com. He's been a Colorado chiropractor for over 15 years.

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3 Comments

  1. jamesmathew
    December 21, 2012, 12:25 am

    Your exercise is really effective it works…. thanks

    • Dr. Ron Spallone
      January 24, 2013, 10:52 am

      Thank you. Glad the low back exercises are working for you.

  2. July 1, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Chiropractors use spinal manipulation (or adjusting the spine) as a means of correcting spinal joint restrictions and relieving pain, treating disc injuries, improving alignment and posture, and promoting overall health.

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