Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that affects muscles andsoft tissue. Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic paindisorders; affecting about 10 million people in the United Statesalone with an estimation of affecting 3-6% of the world’spopulation.
Not all fibromyalgia sufferers have heard of upper cervicalfibromyalgia chiropractic management, however, but patients whohave tried upper cervical fibromyalgia chiropractic management havefound great success in it.
Before we understand why upper cervical fibromyalgiachiropractic management works, we must know the symptoms offibromyalgia, what could be the underlying cause of the symptoms,and how upper cervical fibromyalgia chiropractic management helpsit.
Fibromyalgia is often accompanied by widespread pain, fatigue,trouble sleeping, mood disorders, and cognitivedifficulties.
Widespread Pain - The widespread pain isoften described as a dull ache that persisted for at least threemonths. For the pain to be considered widespread, the pain must bepresent on both sides of the body as well as above and below thewaist.
Fatigue / Trouble Sleeping - Fatigue orhaving trouble sleeping is a common issue for those withfibromyalgia. Pain from fibromyalgia can disrupt your sleep andpatients with fibromyalgia can also have other sleeping disorderssuch as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome. Tests in sleep labshave shown patients with fibromyalgia have interruptions of brainactivity while they are asleep. These interruptions are like theactivity the brain goes through while you are awake and limit thenumber of times patients with fibromyalgia spend in a deep sleep.Deep sleep is very important as it allows the body to restoreitself, but if deep sleep is limited and constantly interrupted itcan make you feel tired or unrefreshed after waking up.
Mood Disorders - Up to half of allpatients diagnosed with fibromyalgia have depression or an anxietydisorder. Being in pain and suffering from fatigue consistently canbe extremely stressful and take a toll on your daily life.
Cognitive Difficulties - Those who havefibromyalgia may find it difficult to concentrate, focus, and payattention; this is also known as “fibro fog”, one of the mostcommon complaints patients with fibromyalgia report. Fibro fog canalso cause memory deficits and confusion. Some patients have alsostressed their fibro fog is more of a disability than any of theirphysical symptoms.
Why Does Fibromyalgia Hurt?
Repeated nerve stimulation can cause the brains of patients withfibromyalgia to change. Changes in the brain involve an abnormalincrease of certain chemicals that signal pain (calledneurotransmitters) to the brain.
The brain’s pain receptors can develop a memory of the pain andbecome more sensitive to where they overreact to pain signals.Fibromyalgia may also not have one cause and could be caused bymuscle tissue abnormalities, abnormal blood flow, or irregularitiesin the endocrine system and autonomic nervous system.
If you have muscle tissue abnormalities, they could be a causeof your fibromyalgia. The muscles can have functional, metabolic,or structural abnormalities caused by a disturbance in theendocrine system. The disturbance can decrease growth hormonelevels and prevent muscle tissue from repairing properly.
Having abnormal blood flow could change the way your brainresponds to pain, with a 2008 study determining there could be alink between fibromyalgia and abnormal blood flow in two areas ofthe brain. In this study, brain scans found that women withfibromyalgia have too much blood flow (or too little blood flow) inthe same area their brain interprets pain intensity.
Researchers have also noticed the more severe their symptomswere, the more severe the abnormal blood flow was. (Guedj E,2008)
In addition, it is seen that those with fibromyalgia have adisturbance in the endocrine system. The endocrine system includesvarious glands that produce hormones. Under stress, these glandsstimulate your body and release hormones to help your bodyadapt.
These hormones also help with other body processes such as moodand emotions, energy storage and usage, digestion, and your immunesystem. When it comes to fibromyalgia, these glands do not activateas they should and can cause symptoms such as stiffness in muscles,poor sleep, and fatigue.
An autonomic nervous system dysfunction (known as dysautonomia)is found to have a strong correlation to fibromyalgia. It isunknown if dysautonomia leads to fibromyalgia or if fibromyalgialeads to dysautonomia, but there is a strong connection made.
The autonomic nervous system is made up of two parts, orbranches called the sympathetic nervous system and theparasympathetic nervous system. These two parts work simultaneouslyby sending messages or signals using neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the body that carry messagesback and forth from the brain to the body. Your sympathetic nervoussystem is what causes you to respond under stress as theparasympathetic nervous system regulates your sleep and digestiveprocesses. There are some specific neurotransmitters and hormonesthat play a large part in fibromyalgia:
- Substance P - A neurotransmitter locatedin the spinal fluid that communicates pain sensations to the brainand body. Studies have shown fibromyalgia sufferers have threetimes the amount of Substance P in the spinal fluid when comparedto healthy individuals; because of this, they have an increasedperception of pain.
- Growth Hormone - A hormone that controlsand regulates the metabolism along with tissue and muscle growth.Low levels of the growth hormone are seen in patients withfibromyalgia, which means they cannot repair their tissues ormuscles. This hormone is released during exercise and deep sleep,but since fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t usually able to get propersleep, it keeps the growth hormone from being released.
- Serotonin - A neurotransmitter thatregulates your moods, keeping you from becoming overly excited ordepressed. Numerous studies have noticed fibromyalgia sufferersusually have low serotonin levels which lead to depression, chronicheadaches, and anxiety.
- Cortisol - Known as the “stress hormone”,cortisol is seen to be functioning abnormally in those withfibromyalgia. As their body is in a constant state of stress, morecortisol is released more than normal leaving you consistentlytired and fatigued.
- Endorphins - A natural opioid to help thebody deal with pain and fatigue. Only about 50% of this endorphinis found in fibromyalgia sufferers, which could be a reason whythey experience a lot of pain.
- Norepinephrine - Those who suffer fromfibromyalgia usually have lower levels of norepinephrine, a hormonethat contributes to the pain and fatigue.
How can Fibromyalgia Chiropractic Management withUpper Cervical Treatments Help?
An upper cervical fibromyalgia chiropractic management is anatural way to treat fibromyalgia and to help the body heal andrepair itself. Fibromyalgia usually comes from the brain and spinalcord rather than areas of the body the pain is felt in as thecondition could be related to disturbances in how the brainprocesses sensory information, including pain.
If you have muscle tissue abnormalities, abnormal blood flow, orirregularities in the endocrine system and autonomic nervoussystem, upper cervical fibromyalgia chiropractic management worksto improve those issues.
Upper cervical chiropractic is the study of the top two bones ofyour spine, the upper cervical spine, and how they affect the brainstem. When one or both two bones become misaligned, themisalignment applies pressure onto the brain stem and causes yourbrain to body communication to be disrupted; this will cause mixedsignals, change your chemical balance, and disable your body’sability to repair and heal.
Within your brain stem is the location of where all nervesoriginate. If the brain stem is compressed, nerves will also beaffected and can cause issues throughout your body – includingnerve damage.
The rest of the spine is also affected by the top two bones:When the upper cervical area is misaligned the head tilts, causingthe rest of the spine to turn, twist, and curve abnormally in orderto level the head again. These misalignments or abnormalpositioning throughout the spine will cause more pinched nerves anddamage, or weaken, any muscle or tissue surrounding them.
In an upper cervical fibromyalgia chiropractic managementadjustment, the top two bones are realigned and remove the pressureplaced on the brain stem. This opens the communication pathwaybetween the brain and body and allows your system to correct andrepair itself.
The rest of the spine will then follow the correct placement ofthe top two bones and begin to shift back to its normal state.Patients who have had upper cervical fibromyalgia chiropracticmanagement reported improvements as soon as their very firstadjustment.
As soon as the brain stem is given the ability to work as itshould, without pressure, the body reacts quickly to begin therepair and healing process.
Upper cervical fibromyalgia chiropractic management will helpyour body rebuild damaged tissues and muscles. With no morepressure put on the brain stem, the nerves will no longer becompressed either and as the rest of the spine begins to correctitself, stress will alleviate other affected nerves.
Many fibromyalgia patients have had great success with uppercervical fibromyalgia chiropractic management because of its strongconnection with the body’s natural functions and nervous system.Best of all, upper cervical fibromyalgia chiropractic management isa very effective, all-natural option for those who want to strayfrom drugs and surgery.