Fibromyalgia affects approximately 5 million people in America. The majority of these are women. The major symptom of fibromyalgia is pain throughout the body. Other symptoms include:
Problems with memory and cognitive function
Irregular sleep patterns
Depression and anxiety
Problems with bowel and bladder function
Although no exact cause of fibromyalgia has been found, researchers believe that pain is being perceived as worse than it really is. This is probably due to a malfunction of the central nervous system. Fibromyalgia is extremely hard to diagnose. In fact, it is generally only diagnosed after all other health conditions are ruled out. This means going through a lot of testing and discomfort. How does the central nervous system play a role in fibromyalgia?
The central nervous system sends, receives, and processes signals from the brain and the body. Therefore, if it is not functioning properly, it can cause the above-mentioned symptoms. Then the question becomes, how can one ensure that the central nervous system is working at its optimum capacity?
How Upper Cervical Chiropractors Can Help Fibromyalgia Patients
Upper cervical chiropractors understand the importance of a healthy spine and neck when it comes to the function of the central nervous system. We look for misalignment in the top two vertebrae of the neck, the atlas and axis. A misalignment here can place undue pressure on the nerves surrounding the brain stem. This hinders communication between the brain and the body, relaying the message that there is pain where there is actually no pain or that the pain is perceived to be worse than it actually is.
Using a gentle, precise adjustment, we can bring the neck and spine back into proper alignment. Our patients, as well as scientific research, report improvement in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. This is due to the fact that once the spine is healthy the body can begin to heal, and normal function can return to the central nervous system.