According to researchers in Germany, there is a higher incidence of neck and jaw problems in patients with fibromyalgia. How was this link discovered? Is there a good reason for these conditions to be connected? How can you find relief from the chronic pain and other debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia? Read on to learn more.
A Retrospective Fibromyalgia Study
The 555 patients in the study were all experiencing either neck problems, jaw issues, or both. Of the 555, 63% met the criteria for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. In fact, 83% of the patients with fibromyalgia were experiencing facial asymmetry. What can cause these neck and jaw problems?
Why Neck and Jaw Problems Accompany Fibromyalgia
While the study didn’t comment on the reason for the link, researchers recommended a multidisciplinary approach to care that addresses neck and jaw problems. We’d like to introduce you to one such form of care called upper cervical chiropractic.
When the top bone of the neck (atlas) is out of alignment, even by a fraction of a millimeter, it can affect the surrounding structures such as the muscles and other soft tissue of the neck and face. As a result, many people with an atlas misalignment experience either neck pain, face pain, jaw problems, or other similar symptoms. Some cases studies have also connected this misalignment to fibromyalgia symptoms.
Natural Help for Fibromyalgia Patients
If you suffer from chronic pain, sleepless nights, cognitive cloudiness, and the other symptoms of fibromyalgia, you may be searching for a natural way to get some relief. The connection between neck and jaw problems and fibromyalgia helps to substantiate the connection to an atlas misalignment. Thus, it’s worth a try to at least have an evaluation by a chiropractor in this niche.
Upper cervical care is gentle and precise. It involves diagnostic imaging that can measure atlas misalignments down to hundredths of a degree. As a result, adjustments are tailored to each patient’s need and are long-lasting, leading to less frequent visits over time. To learn more, get in touch with a practice near you.
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