This particular condition primarily presents with pain all over the body, periods of fatigue (even if the patient gets enough rest), fibro fog (cognitive problems like focus and memory), headaches, depression, and other less common symptoms.
There are many different ideas on the cause of fibromyalgia. Some researchers believe that genetics play a role in whether or not someone develops this condition. Others blame the problem on infections and other types of illness or on trauma (whether physical or mental). Fox News recently reported on a woman who began to experience fibromyalgia after being in a series of unfortunate car accidents. While she was not at fault in any of the accidents, she suffered for nearly three decades as a result. Finally, she found a way to get some relief. She saw an upper cervical chiropractor.
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After just her first adjustment, her husband found her crying, not because she was in pain, but because it was the first time in years that she could take a shower and wash her hair without pain. After one year of treatment, she can lift her arm fully, sleep up to 4-6 hours straight each night, and has gotten back to reading books—all things that pain had kept her from doing previously.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Fibromyalgia Pain
Upper cervical chiropractic is very different from general chiropractic which involves popping and twisting the bones and body in various ways. This is a very gentle approach that affects a very specific part of the spine—the C1 and C2 vertebrae that are found right at the base of the skull.
These vertebrae protect the brainstem which is responsible for communication between the brain and the rest of the body. When these bones are misaligned, it can place pressure on the brainstem and disrupt that communication.
The resulting symptoms can be those found in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many other chronic health conditions. In turn, when the misalignments are corrected, the body can communicate properly again. As a result, many patients see significant results after just one adjustment as was noted in the experience above.