Regardless of some of the mystery that still surrounds fibromyalgia, there is more information being uncovered about the condition all the time. Fibromyalgia, which causes widespread pain throughout the body, fatigue, and a host of other symptoms, can also be hereditary. Siblings, children, and parents of someone with fibromyalgia are eight times as likely to get the condition when compared with families that don’t have anyone with it. While there are certainly no guarantees, this genetic tendency may be triggered by certain life events, such as:
- A viral infection
- A stressful event, such as a death or divorce
- Trauma, such as a car accident or another injury
Common treatment options meet with varying degrees of success. Recommendations often include gentle exercise, painkillers, antidepressants, and even anticonvulsive medications to manage symptoms. There are a growing number of fibromyalgia sufferers who aren’t interested in just managing symptoms or who are concerned about the long-term side effects of medication use.
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Pain Processing and Your Upper Cervical Spine
Many fibromyalgia sufferers have found great benefit in upper cervical chiropractic care. This is due to the fact that upper cervical chiropractors focus on the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae that are located near the brainstem. When these vertebrae misalign, it affects the brain’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body. This can result in the distortion of pain signals, causing someone with fibromyalgia to perceive otherwise normal stimuli as painful.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia and you also have an upper cervical misalignment, the way to start down the road to natural, lasting relief is to have this alignment corrected. At Precision Chiropractic West, we use some of the most precise and gentle methods to identify and correct upper cervical misalignments. By restoring normal alignment, pressure on the brainstem and surrounding nerves and tissues can be reduced. Once these tissues are allowed to heal, optimal brain-body communication is also restored, which can lead to the reduction or even the elimination of fibromyalgia symptoms.