About 5 million US citizens deal with the daily pain of fibromyalgia. Patients, even those with medical insurance, often spend upwards of $1,000/month in out-of-pocket expenses for their medical treatment. It makes sense to be willing to do anything to find relief when you factor in the physical, mental, and social toll that the disease takes on a person.

Fibromyalgia causes pain and widespread tenderness throughout a person’s body. Medical professionals are beginning to believe that this is caused by a central nervous system issue that results in pain being processed improperly. Therefore, excessive pain is felt though little may actually exist to cause it. What are some other symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Depression and anxiety

Headaches

Difficulty sleeping

Bowel problems

Cognitive problems (memory and thinking)

Fibromyalgia sufferers often experience worse pain in the morning even after managing to get a full night’s sleep. While symptoms can be intermittent, they can return at any time, and there is never a convenient time for an attack.

Treatment Options for Fibromyalgia Patients

Doctors attempt various treatments as each method will have a differing degree of success depending on the patient. Pain management usually involves medication. Sleep management is also important and may include the use of prescription drugs. Physical therapy, psychological support, and even massage therapy are often recommended.

The Upper Cervical Method

One thing medical professionals frequently leave out is the fact that fibromyalgia is a condition of the central nervous system. That means a natural treatment that offers nervous system support should be an integral part of treatment for fibromyalgia patients. At the Upper Cervical Center of Brandon, we provide just such support in the form of upper cervical chiropractic care. In particular, we use the Atlas Orthogonal method.

Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the top vertebrae in the spine. When these bones become misaligned, the brain stem is put under pressure. Since this part of the brain controls communication between the brain and the rest of the body, a disruption here can have full body effects, including widespread pain. Once the misalignment is corrected, the body can often begin communicating properly again and even heal better on its own. If you are interested in finding out what upper cervical chiropractic can do you for your fibromyalgia, schedule a consultation today.