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Fibromyalgia Treatment Chiropractor Grand Rapids, MI Chiropractor Near Me

Fibromyalgia Treatment in Grand Rapids, MI

Fibromyalgia is a complex pain syndrome that is most often characterized by extreme sensitivity and chronic pain throughout the entire body, often accompanied by debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbances, poor gut and digestive health, hypersensitivity to stimuli, psychiatric disorders, and dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (the part of your nervous system that you don’t voluntarily control, e.g., your heartbeat, hormones, digestion, etc.) 1, 2

Fibromyalgia is still misunderstood and misdiagnosed by too many medical professionals, even specialists in rheumatology, due to the lack of objective testing methods. (They exist, they’re just not being utilized yet!)

According to top scientific journals like Nature, The Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, and even, the consensus in modern medicine seems to be still that there are no tests to definitively confirm a diagnosis due to significant shortcomings like the “absence of any objectively measurable findings” (meaning their many tests can’t find anything “wrong”) and the claim that early diagnosis and prevention are still elusive goals. 1, 3, 4, 5

At Legacy Family Chiropractic, we too often meet new patients who have had hope ripped away from them even after several specialist visits. The intentions of the doctors were good, but the patients’ stories are often the same – years of misdiagnoses and ineffective treatments leading to an eventual label of “Fibromyalgia” and then even more treatments that ignore the cause. Worse, several of our patients were told the symptoms were “all in their head,” leading to psychiatric evaluations and more prescription drug-based treatments. These patients carry their dysfunctions and diagnoses through life because they feel no one is listening to them or getting to the actual cause of the various issues. If this sounds familiar to you, please know there is hope.

We believe, based on currently available and newly emerging evidence, that science has already uncovered the major contributing factors that lead to Fibromyalgia (stressful life events, chronic inflammation, genetic predisposition, abnormal gut microbiome, autonomic nerve dysfunction including hyper-sensitization of the central nervous system, etc.) Your doctor is likely simply missing a couple of critical tests that are not yet standard protocol in their world. Therefore, they aren’t connecting all the dots correctly or addressing the right areas in the right order.

It’s not their fault. Sometimes protocols take years to change.

If you have Fibromyalgia or other Rheumatic auto-immune conditions or are a medical provider reading this, please read on and consider co-management with us.


How Our Fibromyalgia Care Plan Works

Stop masking the symptoms and get to the root cause of your fibromyalgia

1. Be Truly Heard
And Understood

Far too many people have told us that they felt like their doctor was not listening, and rushed off after filling yet another prescription, ignoring the true cause of their issue. Let’s change that so you can finally be heard.

2. Take The First Step
Towards Healing

“We don’t guess…we test.” The first step is finding the cause of your fibromyalgia. Our state-of-the-art facility allows us to gather the evidence to support the diagnoses and clinical decisions that help you get better, faster.

3. Be More.
Do More.

We create a customized care plan based on five key areas of health to address the root cause of your fibromyalgia getting you back to the best version of YOU, faster. Get healthy, stay healthy. Be more, do more. That’s what TRUE healthcare looks like.

How We Treat Fibromyalgia In Grand Rapids, MI

Fibromyalgia Treatment Chiropractor Grand Rapids, MI Chiropractor Near Me

Comprehensive Consultation and Exam

As Chiropractors, we do not diagnose or treat the symptoms of Fibromyalgia per se. We are interested in finding the various causes of dysfunction in your body that lead to a Fibromyalgia diagnosis and help you restore function and heal at your best. The examination and health history intake are critical to developing an individualized plan of action to help get you well. When we analyze and measure the shape of your neck and the health of your spine, digital X-rays give us definitive evidence of neurological stress on the brainstem and spinal cord, a vital piece of the Fibromyalgia puzzle. Since 2013, and more recently in 2022, science has published what we’ve noticed for decades as chiropractors that physical abnormalities in the cervical curve of the neck exist in over 80% of Fibromyalgia cases. 5, 6

Furthermore, since 2019, researchers are finally starting to connect the health of the gut microbiome to the severity of Fibromyalgia symptoms. 7, 8, 9

These recent studies finally offer the very first objectively measurable findings in helping to diagnose these very tough cases and indicate the roadmap to solving the problem for the millions of Americans suffering from this. The correction of the cervical spine should be a part of every Fibromyalgia case as part of the co-management between specialties. We have also begun offering comprehensive lab testing for those who need more answers through our MaxMetabolix program with Genova Diagnostics. This testing can help us determine if your gut microbiome plays a role in your condition.

Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain Syndromes in Grand Rapids, MI

As you read above, in over 80% of chronic pain syndromes like Fibromyalgia, we will find abnormal shapes in the spine, which can easily alter the performance of the brainstem, spinal cord, and overall central nervous system. 10, 11, 12

Structural correction of your cervical spine by a chiropractor trained in this area is a top priority for anyone with chronic diseases like Fibromyalgia or other auto-immune and inflammatory conditions. The most significant impact a chiropractic adjustment can have, is directly on the autonomic nervous system, via stimulation of the Vagus nerve, by improving your “Fight/Flight” stress response and reducing chronic inflammation. This neurological “calming” effect is why so many chronic conditions respond almost immediately when someone starts care here at Legacy Family Chiropractic in Grand Rapids, MI. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

Fibromyalgia Treatment Chiropractor Grand Rapids, MI Chiropractor Near Me

Abnormal Cervical Curve

Fibromyalgia Treatment Chiropractor Grand Rapids, MI Chiropractor Near Me

Normal Cervical Curve

Science has understood for many years that Dysautonomia (dysfunction in the central nervous system) is almost always present in cases of Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, irritable bowel diseases, sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue syndrome, auto-immune inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and even Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and major depression. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38

It is common sense and biologically plausible that correcting the abnormal stresses acting on your spinal cord and brainstem will positively affect your neurological health, regardless of the condition. Medical diagnoses are useful in helping us understand what is going on, but when it comes to actually solving the problem, everyone deserves to know how their central nervous system is functioning inside the protective layers of their spine and how specific gut health markers (also heavily influenced by autonomic nerve health) 39, 40, 41 may be playing a primary role in WHY you’ve been getting sicker year after year with no results.

The answers might be more straightforward than you thought and right around the corner if you take action. Schedule an appointment today, and let us put together a personalized care plan that may include spinal correction, custom rehab, and the 5 Essentials system of MaxLiving.

Diet, Gut Health and Fibromyalgia

Gut health and an increase in inflammation seriously impact Fibromyalgia. In our Gut-Brain connection workshops, we describe how dysfunction in the nervous system is where disease begins, but also how poor gut health and chronic inflammation play a significant role in the root cause of all chronic disease. 42, 43, 44

Both neurologic dysfunction (too much Fight/Flight stress responses) and a bad diet and lifestyle destroy gut health. Add a few rounds of antibiotics and you have the perfect storm for auto-immune and chronic disease. It stands to reason the best diet for Fibromyalgia is full of anti-inflammatory foods. It is best to first cut out the known culprits with added sugar and inflammatory oils and stick to mostly clean meats and veggies.

Knowing it is vitally important to not only correct the cause of neurological dysfunction through corrective chiropractic care and spinal rehab but also to address the various causes of inflammation and poor gut health, we at Legacy Family Chiropractic offer testing to specifically identify the sources of chronic inflammation and gut dysfunction through our MaxMetabolix program.

We Don’t Guess, We Test!

By collecting specific information about your nervous system and your gut microbiome, we can put you on the fast track toward healing like no other program out there can.

Many clinics offer functional medical testing and supplement programs, but none add the critical component of analyzing and fixing the dysfunction in the central nervous system that is potentially harming your gut-brain connection. We utilize all 5 Essentials of MaxLiving to help fast-track your results.

Fibromyalgia Treatment Chiropractor Grand Rapids, MI Chiropractor Near Me

Does Exercise Help Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

Absolutely! Anyone experiencing chronic and inflammatory autoimmune conditions should know the abundant science on this topic. Research has consistently found that activities that positively stress the body’s tissues, like exercise, can reduce the painful symptoms of Fibromyalgia and several other chronic conditions. A comprehensive review done in 201745 of 35 published scientific studies showed definitively that several types of exercise programs can be invaluable when it comes to reducing symptoms and improving quality of life. Notable studies within that review mention that aerobic activities of increasing difficulty, like progressive walking (increasing distance and intensity gradually) and strength training, are two of the most effective exercises to reduce pain and disease activity in people with chronic conditions like Fibromyalgia and several others. 46, 47, 48

One last exercise type mentioned throughout the studies that seems to improve the person’s perceived quality of life in the critical areas of physical and mental health is stretching! 49

So get out there and start moving your body more! If you need a customized exercise plan designed just for you, don’t hesitate to come in for an initial evaluation so we can first find the cause of your issues, but more importantly, help point you in the right direction with the right action plan!

Read Our Online Reviews

Based on 123 reviews
Charlie Peck
Charlie Peck
🙌🏼 This clinic provides the best chiropractic care out of any other place I have been. They treat each patient with specific care tailored to your needs. After playing sports for several years, I unstood the importance of getting adjusted. However, I did not realize the extent of how misaligned my spine was until meeting Dr. Steph. After examining my posture, taking X-rays, and understanding my pain, Dr. Steph created a precise game plan for fixing my spine and ultimate full-body wellness. After regularly visiting the facility for several weeks, I am already noticing a relief in pain and better posture. Not only that, feeling better motivates me to eat healthier and work out more! The staff and facility at Legacy Family Chiropractic Center are exceptional and incredibly sincere. Michelle, at the front desk, is phenomenal with figuring out a payment plan that works best for your budget and scheduling appointments that fit in your calendar. (You can even sync your appointments to you iCal!) I cannot recommend this place enough.
Jason Barscewski
Jason Barscewski
I've got two lower dissing back out of place and neck issues causing headaches. Been going to Dr steph one month back is not much of issue anymore and headaches have not been a problem. Have not taken anything for pain in over three weeks and feel much better. Love the success I'm getting from this. Thank you for the help.
Casey Kelting
Casey Kelting
Family Legacy Chiropractic is hands down the fastest & finest of quality care to get your health to top tier! Dr. Steph is very knowledgeable & has the best interest in every client!
Keendrick C
Keendrick C
After constant back pain that restricted me lifting weights and running hard, I started looking for a chiropractor. X-Ray showed and misalignment in my lower back and in my neck. A month later of treatment and I’m back to lifting heavier weights and my neck has its natural C-shape curve.
Raven Wemigwans
Raven Wemigwans
5 stars all around, To Find someone to not only relieve my sons symptoms but improve his overall health was the best find any mother could ask for. My son was diagnosed with a Chiari malformation and their solution was brain surgery we would have to repeat every 2 years. We have been going to see Dr.Steph since March and we have seen so much improvement in his X-rays and symptoms reducing drastically. If I would have meet him 2 years earlier I would have skipped the brain surgery. Amazing Doctor, amazing results. Highly recommend
Stephen Grahs
Stephen Grahs
This team got my back fixed quickly with a wonderful system of care. My back pain and siatica nerve pain were so severe, I couldnt walk. Thank you!
Kathryn Vanderwal
Kathryn Vanderwal
Dr. Steph and staff are great! Friendly, welcoming, and sincerely care about your health and well being. I love Dr. Steph’s focus on holistic care and the education he makes available around it. Chiropractic wasn’t a magic button cure all for all my “woes” but has been a valuable tool in addressing them as well as strengthening and supporting my health and nervous system (and my immune response!)
Monica Steinmeyer
Monica Steinmeyer
I would highly recommend Legacy Chiropractic. I enjoy my visits and seminars. I have been going for a couple of years and find it helps boost my immune system. Recently I had total knee replacement and only missed one week of adjustment.
Nicholas Munger
Nicholas Munger
My pain level is down and I am better able to bend when I need to.
Christy Duba
Christy Duba
Best Chiropractic office around! What a difference in my quality of life! I am now able to go about my daily life without pain and had some unexpected results as well. I originally went to the office complaining of intense sciatica, that shortly resolved along with many years neck pain, low back pain and painful menstruations. I am able to garden and do yard work all day without the pain and stiffness of the past. Dr Steph and his staff truly care about helping you achieve wellness in your life by also offering amazing (and free) educational classes. I’ve picked up so much applicable knowledge! “Power’s on!”

Frequently Asked Questions

Can chiropractors help with fibromyalgia?

Yes! If your doctor is not recommending improving the spine and nervous system through specific, scientific, and neurologically-based chiropractic care, then they are likely not aware of the abundance of published science on this topic. Co-management of Fibromyalgia is where we see the best results, so send your doctor this page after you’ve read through it and understand the importance of the nervous system and spine!

What causes fibromyalgia?

Several factors (confirmed in published science) are present when you get a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Everything from life events to genetics to physical gut biome markers. Medical experts often say they don’t know what causes Fibromyalgia, and most still don’t use the known objective diagnostic criteria that can help guide them properly, but here’s what we DO know and always test for:
The known, well-researched causes that are always present are:

  1. Neurological Stress Leading to Dysautonomia
    Stress on your brain and nervous system can come from emotional or psychological traumas and life events but also from physical stress and damage to the nervous system via the spine. Damage or distortion to the curve in your neck has been found in almost 90% of Fibromyalgia cases. This is why corrective chiropractic is so helpful. Chiropractors correct subluxations to restore normal function of the autonomic nervous system, which is known for its beneficial effects on pain levels, the gut microbiome, inflammation, the immune system, and more. Learn more about subluxation on our Low Back Pain page.
  2. Destruction of the Gut Microbiome Leads to Chronic Inflammation
    Your gut directly links to your brain and the pain centers in the nervous system via the vagus nerve. Any damage to it produces a hyper-chronic stress response that can be difficult to overcome.

By specifically addressing these two factors (Dysautonomia and chronic inflammation of the gut-brain connection), we have been very successful with the vast majority of cases of Fibromyalgia that we have seen. The patients following our 5 Essentials system often have a complete resolution of symptoms and come off several prescriptions at medical re-exams.

To dive into the research that backs all of this up, please click on the links provided throughout this page.

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

There are many symptoms of Fibromyalgia. The most common are extreme sensitivity and chronic pain throughout the entire body, and debilitating fatigue. Other symptoms can include sleep disturbances, poor gut and digestive health (autoimmune conditions included), hypersensitivity to stimuli, psychiatric and cognitive disorders, and, most importantly, dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (the part of your nervous system that you don’t voluntarily control, e.g., your heartbeat, hormones, digestion, etc.) If you or someone you know is going through this, please share this page with them. It could save years of pain and suffering by allowing us to get to the root cause.

What happens if fibromyalgia is left untreated?
Most of the worst symptoms are rooted in physical damage to the nervous system and gut microbiome. Leaving it untreated can mean worsening all symptoms over time due to increasing levels of inflammation and stress on the nervous system. It is best to get it properly evaluated as soon as possible and then commit to fixing the root causes of the symptoms over time. We’ve seen the extreme pain and sensitivity reduce dramatically within a couple of weeks in some instances with chiropractic care alone, so it doesn’t always need a comprehensive, expensive functional medical approach in every case.

Will my insurance cover care in your clinic for Fibromyalgia?
Yes and no. But don’t worry, as we say: “No insurance, no problem!” While we get above-average results with conditions such as Fibromyalgia and other inflammatory/auto-immune conditions, it’s important to note we are not directly diagnosing or treating them. These results come as part of our focus on healing the dysfunctions in the nervous system. Therefore, medical health insurance only covers chiropractors for one thing: correction of spinal subluxation and the associated spinal rehab that impacts your nervous system. However, we see a yearly trend where insurance companies deny more claims and offer less coverage for chiropractic care and our various rehab protocols. So we’ve switched to a better system, still producing better results for you!

The great news is Legacy Family Chiropractic has stopped accepting most insurance plans and instead offers significant cash discounts that exceed what your insurance would have covered, leaving you with an out-of-pocket cost lower than using your insurance in the long run and, far more importantly, placing you on a plan suited for correcting and fixing the actual cause and not just providing you with the temporary relief that insurance is designed for. We do currently accept Medicare if you are over the age of 65. For most other insurances, we recommend using our cash discounts, which allow you to self-submit to your insurance if you choose.

Choose your provider wisely. If insurance-based medicine were interested in providing the best results, they’d pay for much more than drugs, surgery, and temporary pain relief treatments. You definitely get what you pay for in chiropractic and Healthcare. At Legacy Family Chiropractic, only one thing matters…getting you back to the best version of YOU!

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