Fibromyalgia is a condition that is characterized by widespread pain in the body (especially the joints), sleep problems, and mood and memory issues. It can be an unpredictable condition – one day you might feel well enough to go about your day-to-day tasks, and the next you might not feel well enough even to get out of bed. A flare-up can prevent the enjoyment of many things, so identifying potential triggers might help one to feel better more of the time. Some common fibromyalgia symptom triggers include:
- Lack of sleep or an erratic sleep schedule
- Exposure to cold temperatures or high humidity
When managing fibromyalgia, symptomatic relief is usually attempted through the use of various medications with the goal of pain reduction and improved sleep. While some people might find some relief with these methods, they do not address the root cause of the condition, which is why many fibromyalgia sufferers are looking for an alternative.
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How Your Spine Affects Fibromyalgia
Although the exact cause of fibromyalgia is still being determined, it is thought to be some type of distortion in the pain signals that are sent over the nervous system between the brain and body. Since the spinal column is designed to protect the spinal cord, any shift from normal alignment can put abnormal pressure on the nerves and distort pain signals, particularly a misalignment of the upper neck at the atlas. This can potentially lead to chronic pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and other hallmark symptoms of fibromyalgia.
An upper cervical chiropractic approach looks at how the atlas is aligned since a misalignment here can cause brainstem pressure. Realignment of the atlas can remove the pressure in this vital area and allow the body’s normal, natural healing process to resume. This can lead to a reduction or even remission of fibromyalgia symptoms. In a recent case study, a 32-year-old female with severe fibromyalgia symptoms experienced a complete recovery after 6 months of upper cervical chiropractic care.
If you are looking for a natural, lasting solution and have not had your atlas alignment checked by an upper cervical chiropractor, it could be the missing link to the fibromyalgia relief you’ve been seeking.
Tedder N, Tedder A, Gorshack S. Resolution of Chronic Fibromyalgia and Improved Spinal Curves Following Correction of an Atlas Subluxation: A Case Report & Selective Review of the Literature. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res [Internet]. 2015 [cited 16 September 2016];2015(July):24-29. Available from: http://www.mccoypress.net/juccr/docs/2015-1375_fibromyalgia.pdf
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