Fibromyalgia Sufferers Helped by Upper Cervical Chiropractic
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects the bones and muscles of your body. It is believed that fibromyalgia intensifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. It is the second most common chronic pain condition affecting around an estimated 10 million people in the United States alone.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
It is unsure what causes fibromyalgia, but some professionals believe it could be from an issue with how the brain and spinal cord processes pain signals coming from the nerves. About 75 to 90 percent of those who have fibromyalgia are women, but it is seen in men and children as well. While there is no absolute cause known to stir up fibromyalgia, based upon statistics we are able to see what could increase a person’s probability in developing fibromyalgia:
Gender - Being a female could increase your chance of developing fibromyalgia as women are more likely to get it than men.
- Other Painful Diseases - Having another painful disease, such as arthritis or an infection, will increase risk of getting fibromyalgia.
- Mood Disorders - Having a mood disorder such as anxiety or depression.
- Abuse - Those who have been physically or emotionally abused could develop fibromyalgia as abuse can cause changes to the way the brain handles pain and stress.
- PTSD - Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem developed after a traumatic experience. These experiences are also linked to fibromyalgia in some people.
- Not Enough Exercise - Fibromyalgia is more common in those who are not physically active. When it comes to treatments available to help fibromyalgia, exercise is one of the best treatments as it can help decrease the amount of pain you experience.
- Genes - Fibromyalgia seems to run in families and parents could pass on genes that will make their children more sensitive to pain. In addition, other genes passed down can make you more likely to feel anxious or depressed which makes pain worse.
What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are widespread muscle and joint pain. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include the following:
- Low pain threshold or tender points
- Issues with memory or concentration, also known as “fibro fog”
- Insomnia or unable to sleep well
- Draining fatigue
- Nervousness, anxiety, or depression
- Muscle pain, twitching, burning, or tightness
Keep in mind, pain and stiffness associated with fibromyalgia is known to spread throughout the body instead of occurring in a specific area. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia may also include:
- Dry mouth, nose, or eyes
- Numbness or tingling
- Urinating more than normal
- Belly pain, queasiness, constipation, bloating, or irritable bowel syndrome
- Sensitivity to heat, cold, light, or sound
Exercising is a great treatment for fibromyalgia that releasing endorphins. These endorphins fight pain, stress, and depression and can allow you to sleep better. While it does not entirely get rid of all symptoms or the pain associated with fibromyalgia, it does improve your condition to make living with the condition less uncomfortable.
Other treatments include medication that help relieve pain from fibromyalgia. The problem with medication is all medications come with side effects. Medication also relieves pain temporarily; the pain will always come back to where you will need to take medication consistently and the body will begin to depend heavily on it if it becomes a daily routine.
Medications do not help the body repair and heal itself and only try to “hide” the issue. Continuing to use medication to ignore the symptoms will cause the state of the body to become worse over time than better.
For natural healing, upper cervical treatments have worked for many patients suffering with fibromyalgia and continue to improve their body’s condition. While medication focuses on symptoms of the issue, upper cervical treatments work by focusing on correcting what is causing the issue in the first place. Because of upper cervical focusing on the main cause of pain, patients will begin to receive treatments less and less as the state of their body improves.
How Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Help Fibromyalgia Sufferers?
Researchers agree that the pain associated with fibromyalgia is linked to how the person’s nervous system processes pain signals. These pain signals are sent through the nerves, the spinal cord, and the brain stem.
Upper cervical chiropractors study the upper cervical part of your spine that protects your brain stem, located right under the base of your skull. It is here where upper cervical chiropractors have found that any misalignment that causes pressure to be placed on the brain stem interferes with the way our brain and body behave.
When pressure is placed on the brain stem, our brain to body communication becomes disrupted and can cause many issues to arise – including the onset of many conditions depending on the severity and length of time it is left untreated.
When the communication is disrupted, signals are misinterpreted and sometimes not sent at all; this means the body can send out pain signals where there is no reason for the pain! This also means signals can be mistaken as a threat and the body will begin to attack healthy cells instead of the cells that are causing the body harm.
When the body cannot react properly to changes the body is experiencing, it can become vulnerable to diseases and increase the chances of a person to develop a condition due to the body’s inability to heal and repair itself normally.
An upper cervical chiropractor looks for a misalignment that could cause pressure on your brain stem and, depending on the misalignment, can predict how it is affecting your body’s health. Many patients have reported a great improvement in their condition in as little as one adjustment. This is thanks to gentle and very specific adjustments being able to remove pressure placed on the brain stem – which will restore proper brain to body communication.
Upper cervical adjustments are a very effective, natural, and drug-free treatment for those suffering from fibromyalgia. It does not come with any side effects and it works by giving your body back its natural ability to repair and heal itself.
A healthy spine has a huge impact on how your body fights chronic pain conditions. Without a healthy spine, the nervous system can become quite weak and cause the body to become self-destructive. If you or a loved one is suffering from fibromyalgia, an upper cervical adjustment can help tremendously by naturally healing and repairing the body.