The results of a recent study were presented at an RA meeting in England that outlined how common fibromyalgia is in patients who have axial spondyloarthritis (a condition that causes spinal inflammation). In the study, about 1 of every 6 men suffering from spinal inflammation also had fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition that is usually far more common for women.
The Effect of Fibromyalgia and Spine Conditions on Quality of Life
According to researchers, 17% of patients who suffered from both conditions had missed work as a result. That’s a sharp contrast with the 3% of patients who missed work due to having axial spondyloarthritis only. More than half of those patients with both conditions said their work performance declined by 50% or more.
What is the connection between fibromyalgia and the spine? Is there any natural way to combat fibromyalgia symptoms and spine problems?
Fibromyalgia Patients Benefit from Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Upper cervical chiropractic is a very precise method that measures and corrects subluxations of the atlas and axis vertebrae. When a misalignment occurs in these two bones right at the base of the skull, it can affect communication between the brain and body as well as the proper flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid to and from the brain. Many conditions and symptoms can result.
Upper cervical chiropractic involves low force corrections that provide gentle relief from these subluxations. As a result, the neurological and vascular effects of the misalignment can be fixed. For many patients, this means immediately noticeable benefits. For some, the long-term benefits of maintaining a balanced atlas can include relief from chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you to learn if this would be a beneficial form of care for you.