Fibromyalgia (FM) is a very debilitating condition causing its sufferers to miss out on social, family, or work occasions on a regular basis. If you have FM, you may be leery about committing to a particular event because you are unsure whether you will feel good enough to attend. Fibromyalgia comes along with a variety of symptoms which may be different for each person:
- Widespread pain throughout the body
- Headaches or migraines
- Problems with memory
- Feeling fatigued often
- Anxiety and depression
- Irritable bowel syndrome or other bowel and bladder problems
It is unknown exactly what causes fibromyalgia to occur. It often comes on suddenly with no previous warning. There are some triggers associated with FM:
- Psychological stress
- Infection or some other type of injury
- Trauma or injury due to an accident of some sort (whiplash or sporting accidents)
The symptoms of fibromyalgia seem to come about due to a malfunction of the brain’s pain processing receptors. This is why those with FM often feel pain much more intensely than someone who does not have it. For some reason, in those with fibromyalgia, the pain signals reaching the brain are often incorrect or amplified when they get to the brain. Interestingly, the underlying cause of this may be related to a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine.
Relief for the Pain of Fibromyalgia
If the problem comes from a misalignment in the bones of the neck, doesn’t it make sense that correcting that issue can relieve the pain? That is exactly what we see happen with many of our FM patients. If the C1 or C2 vertebra is out of proper alignment, it could be putting pressure on the brainstem, causing it to not work at its peak. Using a gentle method that does not require us to pop or crack the neck is often all that is needed to correct the issues with the bones of the neck. Once an adjustment is done, many notice their FM symptoms becoming better and better. These are the results we love to hear from our patients.
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