While fibromyalgia (FM) can be tough to diagnose, it can be just as problematic to find a treatment that works. Fibromyalgia can only be diagnosed after ruling out all other health problems that cause similar symptoms. The person must have had pain for more than three months to get a proper diagnosis. This can be overwhelming to a person that is already exhausted from the disorder. Fibromyalgia is characterized by:
- Widespread pain throughout the body
- Sleep issues
- Problems remembering and thinking clearly
At one time, some thought that fibromyalgia was a psychosomatic disorder, but that is no longer the case. Now it is understood that a fibromyalgia sufferer is coping with a complex condition that involves a malfunction in the central nervous system leading to a problem with the way the brain perceives pain signals.
A study conducted and published in Germany provides further proof that there is a link between the central nervous system malfunctioning and fibromyalgia symptoms. Here are some fascinating highlights of the study:
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- Although pain may be experienced on just one side of the body, with FM a patient’s brain registers it in both hemispheres.
- FM patients feel pain at a considerably lower level than those without the condition.
- Those suffering from fibromyalgia have a much lower pain threshold, overall.
Upper Cervical Care and Fibromyalgia
At 1st Place Chiropractic, we understand how important it is for the upper cervical vertebrae, particularly the top two bones of the neck, to be in proper alignment. If they are not, undue pressure is placed on the brainstem and interferes with the functioning of the central nervous system. The brain and body stop communicating at their optimum, leading to signals that are not sent or received properly. This can cause heightened pain signals for a person.
We use a gentle, effective technique called NUCCA that does not cause the person any further pain but helps the body to work in a natural way to come back into alignment. Our patients have reported fewer fibromyalgia symptoms. Some may even see their condition go into remission.
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