A recent article has been published that connects chronic pain such as from fibromyalgia to childhood trauma. Is this a legitimate cause? If so, does this take us back to the days of people claiming chronic pain is psychological rather than physiological? While some are labeling the article as “dangerous,” it may actually point to a real physical underlying cause of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Where Does the Pain of Fibromyalgia Come From?
The hypothesis of doctors Davis and Vanderah is that childhood abuse, accidents, or other trauma may be to blame for chronic pain later in life. These doctors feel that the early trauma changes the way the brain processes pain. Therefore, the body becomes hypersensitive to pain, and chronic pain conditions occur with little to no stimuli causing widespread pain.
However, some who specialize in the field of chronic pain are calling this theory a dangerous shift that could cause people to seek psychological treatment as opposed to needed medical care for pain. Is there something that can tie these two ideas together?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Explain the Connection
Let’s say a child is involved in an accident or suffers physical abuse. These incidents cause more than just psychological trauma. Head or neck injuries, in particular, can lead to an upper cervical subluxation. Such a misalignment can restrict blood flow to the brain, and place pressure on the brainstem. Cerebrospinal fluid drainage may be interrupted, and vital nerves and soft tissue are subject to damage. The effects of this misalignment can compound over the course of a number of years and lead to chronic pain and other issues later in life.
Therefore, it is easy to combine the ideas of these two doctors—that childhood trauma is connected to chronic pain—with the modern understanding that chronic pain conditions are physiological and not psychosomatic. Upper cervical chiropractic brings both the theories together by explaining the underlying problem. It also offers a solution.
Upper cervical chiropractic is a gentle way to correct upper cervical subluxations. When this is accomplished, proper blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow can be restored, and the brainstem and central nervous system, in general, can function at a higher level. If you suffer from chronic pain and have suffered head or neck trauma (whether in childhood or more recent times), this may be the natural solution you have been searching for.
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