Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that causes pain and discomfort through different symptoms, including widespread pain, extreme exhaustion, cognitive issues, and sleep issues. For a time, it was considered a mental disorder but is now classified as a rheumatic disease. With additional studies and research about fibromyalgia, findings point to no single reason causing this illness.
It remains unclear why some people develop or experience fibromyalgia. But experts believe that several factors are involved in the onset of this disease. However, fibromyalgia patients can potentially be one step ahead of their flare-ups if they are aware of the possible triggers of this condition. In addition, by reducing or actively avoiding their triggers, they may be able to reduce their symptoms and frequency of attacks.
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You may find it helpful to know what’s causing your fibromyalgia symptoms to flare up by understanding common fibromyalgia triggers, which include:
More women experience and are diagnosed with fibromyalgia. One of the reasons why its symptoms flare up is the fluctuation of its hormones, particularly estrogen. These female hormones can influence a woman’s pain sensitivity and processing, leading to fibromyalgia symptoms.
Temperature changes and cold weather can increase and worsen some people’s pain symptoms.
Your diet can also influence your fibromyalgia attacks. Some food groups, such as processed food, refined carbohydrates, and sugary food, can all contribute to fibromyalgia flare-ups.
Issues relating to sleep can be a trigger and a symptom. For example, when a person is a sleep deprived, they may experience heightened sensitivity and lowered pain tolerance. Unhealthy sleeping habits can also result in a vicious cycle of pain and poor sleep quality.
It is not unusual for people with fibromyalgia to avoid moving too much because of widespread musculoskeletal pain. However, being sedentary may lead to deconditioning of the muscles, eventually making any movement more painful or worse. Light exercises are encouraged as they can strengthen your muscles and can help make movement less painful.
Fibromyalgia can stem from physical and psychological stress. Flare-ups usually take place following a stressful event.
Fibromyalgia symptoms can also stem from an upper cervical spine misalignment. When your C1 and C2 bones shift out of their proper alignment, your brainstem tends to experience excessive pressure and stress, which eventually affects your central nervous system. Your brainstem is responsible for sending messages to and from the brain, which helps regulate balance, breathing, heart rate, and more.
If your brainstem gets irritated, the messages that reach the brain become distorted. Fibromyalgia symptoms and other health concerns can arise due to the distorted messages the brain receives as it tends to respond according to the message received. Restricted blood flow to the brain and irregular cerebrospinal fluid drainage may also happen when there’s a spinal misalignment, and both can influence the onset of fibromyalgia symptoms.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustments can correct misalignments in the top two bones of your spine. It’s a safe, non-invasive, and natural chiropractic care that helps relieve a fibromyalgia patient’s symptoms.
Upper Cervical Care corrects the alignment of your spine, easing the pressure on your brainstem. Therefore, communication, blood flow, and fluid drainage will no longer be hindered and can function properly, resulting in fewer fibromyalgia symptoms.
You can check case studies to understand how a misalignment in your upper cervical spine influences fibromyalgia flare-ups. Below are some important and encouraging details of case studies involving Upper Cervical Care and fibromyalgia:
Symptoms: This patient had experienced ten car accidents and two major traumas leading to 11 years of fibromyalgia complaints. She experienced migraine headaches, chronic neck pain, upper and lower back pain, numbness in fingers, sciatica, right knee pain, depression, and duodenal ulcer.
Upper Cervical Intervention: Through x-ray and pattern analysis, a misalignment in her upper cervical spine has been confirmed. A specific Knee Chest technique is used to correct and move her bones back to their proper alignment.
Conclusion: Upon correction of the misalignment, the patient’s over a decade’s struggle with fibromyalgia has been resolved, including other complaints.
Symptoms: This patient experienced low back pain, headaches, and fibromyalgia.
Upper Cervical Intervention: She explored chiropractic care as an alternative to pharmacological pain management, undergoing an x-ray and skin temperature differential analysis to understand her pattern. After only two months of Upper Cervical Care, she reported decreased fibromyalgia symptoms. In addition, after completing five Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustments using the Knee Chest technique within 18 months, the patient reported no longer taking any medications.
Conclusion: The patient has acknowledged decreased pain by correcting her upper cervical misalignments.
Symptoms: The patient suffered from extreme fatigue, pain, and depression due to fibromyalgia. There were also signs of the patient’s rapid decline in health and vitality.
Upper Cervical Intervention: Two years after the onset of symptoms, the patient pursued chiropractic care. After evaluation and examination, a misalignment in the C1 (atlas) vertebra has been confirmed. In a span of six months, she received a total of eight Knee-Chest Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustments.
Conclusion: After continuous evaluation of the patient during the course of her Upper Cervical Care, she reported a complete resolution of fibromyalgia-related symptoms.
The findings presented in the mentioned case studies suggest that Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustments can potentially benefit patients suffering from the pain and discomfort accompanying a fibromyalgia diagnosis. However, all the adjustments done are personalized according to the patient’s needs. Therefore if you want to explore this form of care to free you from debilitating fibromyalgia pain, you must schedule a consultation with an Upper Cervical Chiropractic doctor to be adequately evaluated.
Restore your body’s optimum health and natural healing capability by removing any interference and obstruction. Visit a trusted Upper Cervical chiropractor today!
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