Fibromyalgia, characterized by widespread pain in the body with related fatigue, memory and mood issues, affects between 3 and 6 million people across the United States. Between 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women. Many people with fibromyalgia also suffer from tension headaches, anxiety, depression, and issues with the digestive system.
One of the biggest issues facing people with fibromyalgia is getting a proper diagnosis, since there is no agreed upon cause. In fact, most people with fibromyalgia are only diagnosed after going through a battery of tests to rule out any other possible cause of the pain and fatigue. Although the exact cause remains unknown, more research shows that changes in the nervous system in people with fibromyalgia creates abnormal reactions to pain sensations.
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Knowing that the nervous system is responsible for sending, processing, and receiving pain signals between the brain and body, it would make sense to ensure that the nervous system was operating under normal conditions. This is exactly what upper cervical chiropractor Dr. Laurel Griffin does in her Wes Des Moines practice. Dr. Griffin pinpoints the root cause of nervous system dysfunction, which is often found in a misalignment of the top two vertebrae in the neck. When those vertebrae are out of alignment, they put pressure on the many nerves surrounding the brainstem, which can interfere with the proper sending and receiving of pain signals. Her adjustments are precise and gentle, allowing for normal spinal alignment as well as normal brain-body communication to be restored. Dr. Griffin’s fibromyalgia patients are able to regain their quality of life naturally, and in a way that is long lasting.