Fibromyalgia is still misunderstood as a condition. Some cases seem to be triggered by illness or some kind of trauma, while others appear to have no obvious cause, and for this reason there are fairly few treatment options available to those suffering from symptoms.
People with fibromyalgia experience pain and tenderness all over their body – symptoms that can dramatically affect one’s day-to-day life and mental health. Because little is known about the cause of the condition, doctors usually focus on relieving the immediate symptoms either by encouraging the patient to undergo physiotherapy sessions or by prescribing various medications.
Because of the symptoms, many doctors believe there is a connection or relationship between fibromyalgia and arthritis, but fibromyalgia tends to affect muscles more than joints. Both, of course, can be equally devastating for patients.
However, at our practice in Graham, Washington, we focus on how chiropractic treatments can have a dramatic effect on a person’s symptoms and quality of life. This is because new research has shown that fibromyalgia may be affected by the way in which our central nervous system processes pain.
Specifically, some scientists now believe that fibromyalgia results from abnormal pain signals in our central nervous system – created when the vertebrae at the bottom of the brainstem (the C1 and C2 vertebrae) are misaligned. This misalignment inhibits normal functioning of the central nervous system, causing pain and other related symptoms.
At Advanced Spinal Care, we offer natural relief to those with fibromyalgia symptoms by using gentle manipulations to realign the vertebrae. Using upper cervical chiropractic treatment, therefore, enables the patient’s body to heal naturally without having to take any medication.
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Questions and answers about fibromyalgia. http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/fibromyalgia/#b (accessed 19 June 2015).
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