Fibromyalgia vs Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Pt 2

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An In-depth Look at Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Last week, we started to look at Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) as being due to the body’s inability to recharge because of an injury to the brainstem. There are many things that could have caused that injury including car accidents, sports-related injuries, physical abuse, and more.

Though, whatever type of accident caused that injury, the connective tissue that holds the spine in place was torn loose. The tearing loose of that tissue causes the spine to breakdown and lock into a stressed position.

Because of all of that excess weight on the upper neck vertebrae, or the top two vertebrae in the neck, on the most moveable part part of the spine, it is effected the most. That misalignment to the upper neck then places pressure on the brainstem altering the brainstem’s ability to function properly. That can then lead to further complications including a dysfunctions in the release of cortisol, which can lead to various problems with the mind and the body.

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CFS Research

Though, research by Dr. Marshall Dickholtz Sr. and his team revealed a connection between the upper cervical spine and CFS. Here are some of their finding six months after the initial adjustments to their subjects:

  • Increase in physical functioning (58% to 85%)
  • Improvement in health (35% to 55%)
  • Improvement in Mental Health (50% to 70%)
  • Increased Social Functioning (40% to 70%)
  • Improvement in vitality (17% to 55%)

A Step Forward

This specialized, gentle form of chiropractic not only led to an improvement in the quality and quantity of sleep, but there was also a significant decrease in the use of sleep medication. One patient even showed normalized release of Cortisol levels in the morning and evening after six months of care.

Now that you know what upper cervical chiropractic can do for you, there is only one thing left for you to do. Make an appointment with an upper cervical chiropractor, so you can begin the healing process.

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Dr. Craig Lapenski and Dr. Martha Schenk of Advanced Spinal Care, in Graham, Washington are your Graham NUCCA Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Puyallup, Tacoma, Olympia, and Sumner. 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, fibromyalgia, vertigo, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at