I’m sure that anyone reading this article has probably heard about fibromyalgia; you may be noticing the symptoms yourself, or at the very least have a friend or family member who has. Unfortunately, a lot of sufferer’s are initially treated as if they’re symptoms were imaginary, but over the years the medical community has started to take the condition seriously. Even so, the actual causes of the condition aren’t always clear due in part to the fact the actual causes are influenced by several factors which can make treatment difficult but fortunately, not impossible.
As high as 90% of fibromyalgia sufferers are also stricken with chronic fatigue syndrome, which can cause pain, exhaustion, headaches, a tingling sensation and numbness, sleep problems, dizziness, stiffness, cognitive impairment, stress, noise sensitivity, a swollen sensation in tissues and more.
Treating fibromyalgia symptoms and attempting to identify the cause can be complicated and drugs, besides infrequently being effective when it comes to controlling symptoms, also comes with its own hard to deal with side effects. This has led a lot of fibromyalgia sufferer’s to take a hard look at natural treatment options, considered by the medical industry as alternative or complementary medicine. But how do you separate fact from fiction when it comes to alternative care? You consider the available research reported by reputable facilities. Reputable treatments include the following.
Acupuncture treatments for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are becoming much more common as a complementary therapy or participated in alone. In 1997, the National Institute of Health officially acknowledged acupuncture as an important part of mainstream medicine, stating the procedure is a safe and effective treatment for a wide array of conditions, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. According to a growing number of medical professionals, both Western and Eastern, have agreed that the benefits of acupuncture include better sleep, less pain, an enhanced immune system and overall improved health.
Because fibromyalgia causes pain and makes your body extremely sensitive to touch and pressure, you probably won’t be able to tolerate any kind of deep tissue massage so you’ll want to make sure that your massage therapist is familiar with the gentle touch required for treating fibromyalgia, or that they are willing to do some research on it. Studies have shown that gentle massage can help lower anxiety and improve sleep patterns in individuals suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Another massage technique that can be very effective is called Myofascial Release which treats a condition called myofascial pain syndrome, in which trigger points and fascial restrictions cause widespread, intense pain, an extremely common problem for people with fibromyalgia. As a matter of fact, myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia are believed to be the same condition by certain sectors of the healthcare community.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
While the precise cause of fibromyalgia syndrome is unknown to the medical community, the latest research has determined that traumatic head and neck injuries like concussions or whiplash are risk factors for both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue occurrences. For example, after spinal injury, in many cases fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue symptoms can occur either immediately or months, even years afterward. The objective of upper cervical chiropractic care is to reverse the trauma triggered injury and in so doing minimizing discomfort to the nerves located in the brain stem and spinal cord that can cause pain, fatigue and neuromuscular dysfunction.
If the underlying cause of the fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue symptoms is an upper neck injury an upper cervical specialist is well equipped to identify the problem and correct it safely, gently and effectively. And unlike general chiropractic manipulation upper cervical specific techniques required no popping, cracking or twisting of the spine which at times can make fibromyalgia symptoms worse.
Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr. Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about Our Team.