As much as 6% of the world’s population is dealing with the pain and other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. 90% of fibromyalgia sufferers are female, which adds up to about 129 million women across the globe. Half of patients deal with migraines and headaches on a chronic basis.
What causes fibromyalgia to strike suddenly? There are many different explanations that have been offered. A few of these include:
- Infection or virus
- Physical trauma (especially to the head or neck)
- Possible hereditary causes
- Extreme psychological stress
Once this condition has been triggered, symptoms may flare up at any time, and many of the issues that trigger the symptom initially can also cause flare-ups to occur.
Initial diagnosis can be difficult because there is no one test that can accurately diagnose fibromyalgia. Plus, it is estimated that as much as 30% of doctor visits are for symptoms that are included in the list of fibromyalgia symptoms, though most do not meet all of the criteria for a diagnosis.
Medication does little to regulate the pain, so many are seeking natural means of pain relief. Here are two suggestions.
Exercise and Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief
A recent study shows that exercise can help to lower muscle metabolites. Higher metabolite levels are blamed for much of the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Therefore, it is a good idea to have a routine of mild to moderate exercise. While overdoing it can increase pain levels, finding the right balance can help relieve pain.
However, the study revealed that exercise alone couldn’t reduce all the pain because metabolites are not the only factor to consider. Brain communication of pain levels is also a factor. Therefore, the central nervous system must be considered. This is where upper cervical chiropractic care comes into play.
When the atlas is misaligned, it can put pressure on the brainstem, limit the flow of blood to the brain, and interfere with cerebrospinal fluid drainage. After a gentle correction is used to adjust the atlas precisely, proper nervous system function can resume. This can restore proper communication of pain signals in the brain and further reduce pain making upper cervical chiropractic care and exercise a one-two punch that helps the pain of fibromyalgia.
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