Woman in front of desktop computer having a headacheHave you ever felt so exhausted that you couldn’t take care of day-to-day tasks?  For most of us, a good night of rest or even a mid-day nap is enough for us to feel refreshed and renewed.  For folks with chronic fatigues syndrome, that exhaustion and extreme fatigue is not relieved by rest.  Because fatigue can be vague, sometimes the problem can persist for weeks or months before a person realizes that they’ve become totally exhausted no matter how much they attempt to “catch up” on sleep.

What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

For some people with chronic fatigue syndrome, they first start to notice symptoms following a viral illness.  In other cases, the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome comes after a major physical or emotional trauma.  Exposure to certain toxins has also been implicated, but the truth is, nobody is 100% certain as to what causes chronic fatigue syndrome.  Other theories involve compromised immune function, hormone imbalance, and genetics, but none have been solidly proven.  Recent research points to problems in the signals that are sent and received by the brain that lead to the conditions within the body that lead to chronic fatigue syndrome.

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How Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Help Me?

Upper cervical chiropractic is concerned with optimizing the signals that are constantly being sent to and from the brain via the nervous system.  As an upper cervical chiropractor, I focus on the specific alignment of the topmost vertebra in the spine, the atlas.  The atlas vertebra is the connection between the skull and the rest of the spine and has the critical job of providing bony protection for the brainstem.  The brainstem is the gateway between the brain and the rest of the nerves in the body, so when the atlas misaligns, it can hamper normal nervous system communication.

Since the latest research involving chronic fatigue syndrome points to issues within the body’s signaling system, having your atlas alignment checked to see if there is an interruption in these signals is key to healing and recovery.  We use the latest technology and techniques to determine if an atlas misalignment is causing problems within the nervous system.  Gentle and precise adjustments are given, when necessary, to restore normal alignment and reduce the stress on the brainstem.  Once that stress is removed, the body’s normal, natural healing process is able to take place, which can lead to a reduction or remission of chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms.

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