Recent studies reveal that there is a connection between fibromyalgia and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. The problem for many health practitioners is that heart problems can be difficult to detect in a patient with widespread pain who may not think anything of chest pains, heartburn, or even palpitations.
The Link Between Fibromyalgia and Cardiovascular Risk
While there are a number of factors to consider as to why fibromyalgia increases the risk for cardiac issues, think about this possible scenario:
- Because of the pain of fibromyalgia, a person may cease to exercise.
- Lack of exercise can lead to obesity.
- Obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the only thing you have to do to reduce your risk of heart problems is to keep weight down. Here are a few other practices that can have heart benefits:
- Sleep Well
Getting 8 hours of sleep at night is important for your heart. Try to create the right environment for a good night’s rest by turning off the TV, keeping the room dark, and not using mobile devices in bed.
- Light Exercise
A mild exercise program is important for joint health as well as heart health. Good exercises for a person with fibromyalgia include swimming, walking, and stretches like Pilates. Keep exercise low impact.
- Stress Reduction
Stress is tough on the vascular system, so know when to take a break and relax. Take up a hobby. Find a way to reduce stress in your life.
- Massage Therapy
Studies show this may be effective in slowing the heart rate.
Benefits of Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Keeping your atlas properly aligned can also help with fibromyalgia symptoms. When the top bone of the vertebrae is misaligned, it can put pressure on the brain stem as well as hindering the proper flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid to the brain. This can cause the brain to have difficulty processing pain properly, one of the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia. An adjustment may help reduce symptoms by giving the body a chance to heal from the damage caused by a subluxation.