Fibromyalgia is a real condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body. It has been proven through scientific research that it is not a psychological disorder, but rather it is related to abnormalities of blood flow to the brain. This often has to do with the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae being out of alignment.
One may wonder how a misalignment in the neck can create a problem with the entire body? It is important to understand that the C1 and C2 protect the brainstem. Therefore, if they are misaligned, the opposite is true. They can actually put undue pressure on the brainstem causing it to send improper signals. Blood flow and cerebrospinal fluid flow are compromised. This leads to the brain getting signals that there is pain when there is actually little or no pain at all.
It makes sense then that correcting the upper neck misalignment would help the person suffering to see an improvement in symptoms. Upper cervical chiropractic care has seen positive results in helping fibromyalgia sufferers cope with their symptoms.
Fibromyalgia and the Upper Cervical Chiropractic Connection
When most people hear the term chiropractic, they imagine lying on a table or sitting in a chair and having a doctor pop or twist the spine to force it back into place. The form of chiropractic care that I employ does not involve this technique. I closely examine my patient’s necks with the aid of x-rays to find the exact location of the misalignment. Then, using a gentle low force correction in a specific location along with scientific measurements, I am able to help the bones of the neck to move back into alignment naturally.
At this point, the natural healing properties of the body take over and heal the damage done to nerves and tissues. This technique allows the bones to stay in place longer than forcing them in place and hoping they do not pop out again. Patients in many case studies have reported feeling much better and seeing their symptoms ease up after only a few adjustments. Some have seen their fibromyalgia become a thing of the past.