NewLifeOutlook, an organization that focuses on providing support for people with chronic illnesses, recently conducted an online survey of fibromyalgia patients. The survey revealed that more than half of the respondents were also dealing with anxiety and depression. In fact, over 63% of the 671 responders had been diagnosed with depression by a medical professional and 58% had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. What contributes to these conditions appearing together?
Why Fibromyalgia Is Linked with Mental Health
The fact is that even the dearest loved ones of those with conditions like fibromyalgia often find the condition tough to understand. When one feels misunderstood, particularly by family and friends, this can lead to despair. Add that to the pain that fibromyalgia causes and the guilt over not being able to perform normal daily activities and you have the recipe for both major depression and anxiety disorders.
The point behind this research was to increase awareness for healthcare practitioners. This would allow doctors to keep an eye out for the symptoms of depression or anxiety in fibromyalgia patients and others dealing with chronic health trials.
Some natural means are recommended for dealing with the anxiety and depression that spring from fibromyalgia. These include light exercise, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and eating a healthy diet. I would like to add one more item to that list.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses on realigning the atlas (C1 vertebra). This bone is located at the base of the skull where the brainstem meets the spinal cord. As a result, a misalignment here can affect the entire communication system of the body.
When properly aligned, the central nervous system has the chance to heal from tissue and nerve damage. This may help to relieve many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia in a natural way. When a patient feels less pain and fatigue and regains some quality of life, depression and anxiety may be reduced as well.