Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain throughout the body and numerous other symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, mental confusion, and overall fatigue. As a result, many turn to prescription medications to reduce pain and swelling or to help with sleep. However, the trend is toward finding natural relief. Where are some turning, and what can provide real relief?
Is Reflexology the Answer for Fibromyalgia?
One type of natural care that is receiving a lot of attention in reflexology. This is a form of massage therapy that focuses on pressure points in the hands and feet. Acupressure is used to relieve discomfort in certain parts of the body by maintaining pressure in a corresponding point on one of the hands or feet. Can this help with fibromyalgia?
Some believe that any results obtained from reflexology are merely related to touch therapy—the idea that physical contact with another person produces an increased sense of well-being. However, reflexology also increases blood flow. This can stimulate the body’s nerves and help to reduce pain. Reflexologists claim to be able to help with many different ailments, but is there another natural way to get help that is backed by case studies?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Fibromyalgia
Upper cervical chiropractic care has been able to improve quality of life for those with chronic ailments such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. Why is this the case?
The upper cervical spine is responsible for everything from protecting the brainstem (which plays a key role in things such as pain processing and hormone production) to facilitating blood flow to the brain. Improved blood flow can lead to better functioning of the nerves and the brain. Increased brainstem function can allow the body to process pain signals correctly. These factors contribute to improved pain levels and may even help a patient to get a better night’s sleep.
An upper cervical misalignment can easily occur when a head or neck injury takes place. If you have suffered a sports injury, been in a car accident, or even have just slipped and fallen, a misalignment of the upper cervical spine may be the underlying cause of your symptoms. Schedule an appointment with an upper cervical chiropractor near you to learn more.