Keith Halperin, DC
Chiropractor and Integrative Medicine Doctor
located in Bellevue, WA
People seeking answers to chronic symptoms after traumatic accidents should see Dr. Keith Halperin at Halperin Chiropractic practice in Bellevue, Washington. These symptoms might be signs of fibromyalgia, a difficult to diagnose disorder frequently connected to physical or emotional trauma. Dr. Halperin can make clear distinctions between fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions and help his patients heal with easy to follow lifestyle changes.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a common, chronic disorder that causes widespread pain, tenderness and other symptoms. Contrary to popular belief, fibromyalgia isn’t a form of arthritis, but it does cause pain and fatigue to muscles, joints and other tissues and can prevent people from performing everyday activities. It’s a disorder that affects central processing and is a convergence of multiple physiological abnormalities including:
Increased levels of substances in the spinal cord
Low levels of blood flow to regions of the brain
Low levels of serotonin and tryptophan
Abnormalities in cytokine function: Cells signaling for immune system help when it isn’t needed
Other symptoms include cognitive issues, sleep problems, headaches and painful menstrual periods.
What causes it?
Although causes of fibromyalgia are largely unknown, several factors are likely involved. Many believe a root cause is often a physically or emotionally traumatic event, such as a motor vehicle accident or illness. For some, it occurs spontaneously.
Mitochondrial dysfunction — which is responsible for the body’s cells lacking energy — is also a likely culprit of pain and fatigue symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.
Genetics may also determine how someone responds to potential stimuli of fibromyalgia. A person’s genes can cause them to have a stronger reaction to things that others wouldn’t perceive as painful. There are several genes that are more commonly found in fibromyalgia patients than those without it..
How is it diagnosed?
Because symptoms like pain and fatigue — the central symptoms of fibromyalgia — overlap with other chronic conditions, a proper diagnosis is pivotal.
Dr. Halperin must rule out other causes to determine the best possible treatment for the patient.
Dr. Halperin will make a determination by analyzing symptoms, questioning the patient, issuing a tender point exam, and excluding other causes like rheumatic diseases, mental health problems, and neurological disorders.
How does Dr. Halperin approach treatment?
Dr. Halperin tackles treatment of patients with fibromyalgia with a comprehensive, mind-body approach known as the Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST).
BEST is a non-forceful, energy balancing hands on procedure used to help reestablish the full healing potential of the body, effectively targeting the varied chronic infections associated with fibromyalgia.
Dr. Halperin also offers guidance as far as your recovery choices. Lifestyle changes are key, including maintaining a healthy diet, plus vitamins and minerals supplements to promote a healthy digestive tract and gut health.
Dr. Halperin might recommend calming activities like tai chi to reduce stress and anxiety brought on by traumatic stimuli.