The short answer, according to a recent study, is no – despite the fact that as many as 68% of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients use supplements. While researchers want to examine certain vitamins, such as A and E, a little more closely, the existing data shows very little positive benefit of supplementation for those suffering from fibromyalgia. Is this just another case of traditional medicine saying no to natural methods?
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Actually, the research was very fairly performed and did point to several minerals being of possible benefit for fibromyalgia. For example, the medication amitriptyline (a tricyclic antidepressant) seemed to provide better results when coupled with magnesium supplements. Also, long-term use of cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) seemed to have positive effects on pain levels. Again, more research is needed because some of the studies did not involve vitamin D levels.
Is there a legitimate way to find natural relief for chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome? One area that is seeing some positive results is upper cervical chiropractic care. Let’s take a closer look at this gentle option.
This subspecialty of chiropractic deals specifically with the C1 and C2 vertebrae positioned at the base of the skull. These bones protect the area where the brainstem meets the spinal cord. They are also important in the facilitation of blood to the brain via the vertebral arteries. Misalignment can affect blood flow and brainstem function. As a result, problems may occur with pain processing, and fibromyalgia may also occur.
Upper cervical chiropractic involves precise measurement of the misalignment followed by a low-force correction that helps get the body back on track. Some feel immediate benefits despite the fact that the adjustment itself is so gentle that some don’t even notice the bones shifting. With regular maintenance to keep the C1 and C2 in place, some have seen long-term benefits or even complete resolution of chronic conditions.
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