Fibromyalgia is a condition that is becoming more and more common. It is characterized by widespread muscle pain and tenderness, fatigue, and poor sleep. The reality for many fibromyalgia sufferers is that they are not able to keep up with the social lives of their friends or family members. Pain and energy levels can be unpredictable at best, which can make it nearly impossible to make plans. This can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation, but there are a few things you can do to try and stay connected:
- Keep a journal. Writing can be a therapeutic exercise and a welcome distraction from the pain.
- Invite friends and family over for a night in. Sitting down for a movie, or playing a board game can be a great alternative to nights out that require a lot of preparation and planning.
- Keep in touch. Regular chats on the phone or over the many social media outlets can help you to feel less isolated. Online (or in-person) support groups can help you to realize that you are not alone in your struggle.
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The Road to Feeling Better
While it is one thing to cope with the day-to-day symptoms of fibromyalgia, a way to feel better is on everyone’s radar. The most current evidence points to fibromyalgia being a pain sensitivity disorder caused by a problem with the central nervous system (CNS). Upper cervical chiropractic works with the relationship of the upper vertebrae in the neck and how they relate to CNS function. The atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae are responsible for providing protection for the brainstem, a critical part of the CNS that relays signals between the brain and body. An atlas misalignment can impact how these signals are sent and received and can potentially lead to the various symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Our goal at 1st Place Chiropractic is to perform a thorough analysis to determine if a misalignment of your upper cervical spine is taxing your central nervous system’s ability to function properly. Correcting atlas misalignments is very gentle and specific. Once normal spinal alignment is accomplished, the body’s normal healing process can occur, which can lead to the reduction or even resolution of many fibromyalgia symptoms.
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