It is estimated that as many as 12 million Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia, yet remain undiagnosed because of its elusive nature,
Often it takes years to come to a diagnosis, if at all, with many people reporting their symptoms started back in childhood.
Women are affected more than ten times as much as men and are usually in middle age when the diagnosis is made.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, it may be particularly frustrating because you probably look like a normal healthy person.
Family and friends may not understand why you can't do certain chores or activities and some days just need to rest more than others.
What people can't see is the way you feel, the widespread chronic pain, the debilitating fatigue.
Maybe along with it you have sleep issues, headaches, IBS, TMJ problems, carpal tunnel and temperature sensativity.
Whats worse is the lack of effective medical interventions.
Manuel therapies can be too intense and can make pain worse instead of better.
Medications can be debilitating and risky when considering the side-effects.
The reason for the general ineffectiveness is because these approaches are attempting to address symptoms while overlooking the cause of those symptoms.
"Fibromyalgia appears to result from a central nervous system derangement - the peripheral and tender points are secondary phenomena."
The real cause of this is ntrinsic neurologic dysfunction.
It is the role of your brain and nervous system to regulate and control every function in the body.
When our nervous system dysfunctions, the body cannot thrive or heal itself as it was designed to do.
The location where the nervous system has altered function will determine how the body will present.
For fibromyalgia, there is one place the body can be affected that would generate all the pain and other symptoms that come along with the diagnosis.
Every nerve in the body must relay with the brain, and they all meet in one place at the base of the skull where the head meets the neck.
This is referred to as the upper cervical area and is vital to our expression of health and wellness.
Alterations in the alignment between the base of the skull and the top two bones in the neck can put pressure on the structures in this area and alter function of the whole body, compromising its ability to heal itself and setting us up to grow into pain syndromes and other diagnoses.
In our office, we use gentle and specific adjustments to this region of the spine to restore alignment and therefore proper neurologic balance and function in the body.
This can have a miraculous effect on the lives of those suffering from fibromyalgia.
We get to show people how to people take their life back.
They get relief from their symptoms which means less irritability and more activities.
They regain energy which means more time with friends and family.
They get a solution to their problem rather than a bandage for a symptom.
Just remember, when you think you’ve tried everything you have not.
Give Chiropractic a chance, it is the only profession to restore functional balance to the nervous system so the body enter a healing state and stop sending unnecessary pain signals
Even if you have tried Chiropractic, keep in mind just like any other profession not all chiropractors are equal.
There are many styles of Chiropractic, if you are struggling with fibromyalgia and are seeking a solution free of drugs and surgery, try upper cervical chiropractic.
It just may help you take your life back!
Thanks to Kieth Wassung for the great information from "Fibromyalgia, The Upper Cervical Chiropractic Approach."