- Widespread pain throughout the body
- Cognitive impairment referred to as fibro fog or brain fog
- Problems with sleeping
Fibromyalgia causes chemical and neurological changes within the body to occur. These changes lead to the body being super sensitive to pain signals. In fibromyalgia patients, the brain perceives extreme pain when, in fact, there is little or no pain. This can often be linked to a misalignment in one of the top two bones of the neck.
Fibromyalgia—Exacerbated by Neck Misalignments
A link has been established between fibromyalgia symptoms and a misalignment in the upper vertebrae of the spine. The C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) are located where the brainstem and spinal cord meet, and their job is to protect the brainstem from damage. However, misalignments in this area are quite common due to the fact that these bones help the head to move in a variety of different positions. A misalignment here can actually put stress or pressure on the brainstem. Why is this such a problem?
The brainstem is responsible for sending signals to and from the brain and body. If it is not working properly, signals are hindered, possibly leading to fibromyalgia symptoms. The good news is that this misalignment can be easily fixed by seeking the care of someone who has been trained to adjust these bones in a precise manner. That means seeing an upper cervical chiropractor.
Upper Cervical Chiropractors use a gentle method that does not involve popping or twisting the spine back into alignment. Rather, the bones are able to move back into place in a more natural way. This allows the body to begin healing the damage. Once corrected, proper communication is restored between the brain and body potentially leading to a decrease in fibromyalgia symptoms. Some see their fibromyalgia go into complete remission.