A study that should be of great interest to fibromyalgia sufferers was recently published in PLoS One magazine. It deals with a potential underlying factor involved in fibromyalgia, especially in the emotional symptoms that many face, such as anxiety and depression. Here are some of the things you should know.
Negative Emotions, Pain Responses in the Brain, and Fibromyalgia
Previous studies have revealed the effects of changes in blood flow to the brain in patients with fibromyalgia. Less blood flow to the parts of the brain that provide an emotional response to pain and more blood flow to the part of the brain that processes pain have been noted in some of these studies.
Now, this new study built on those prior studies. Not only did the fibromyalgia patients suffer more from anxiety and depression than those in a control group, but the changes in cerebral blood flow that was noted in those with FM did not exist in the control group.
Is there something that can affect the way blood flows to the brain? If so, how can it be corrected?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Cerebral Blood Flow
When the top bones of the neck become misaligned, this can affect blood flow to the brain. The cervical spine facilitates blood flow by means of the vertebral foramen. These are little loops in the bones that allow room for the vertebral arteries to pass through. Usually, these loops offer stability, but misalignment can lead to a kink in the line and restricted blood flow.
Upper cervical chiropractors utilize modern diagnostic technology to measure misalignments down to hundredths of a degree. Then an extremely gentle adjustment provides a precise correction. For some, this has led to improved blood flow and a reduction in fibromyalgia symptoms. To learn more, contact a practitioner in your area to schedule an examination.