FIBROMYALGIA; “Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.” – Mayo Clinic.
There has been some really great strides made in the fight against Fibromyalgia. Right now there is no “cure” for fibromyalgia but there are some really great ways to deal with the symptoms of fibromyalgia. One of those ways is using Chiropractic.
You may or may not know that one of the tests of fibromyalgia is to find 11 tender specified points on the body out of 18; also, another indicator of this disease is whether you have had widespread pain for more than 3 months. Many fibromyalgia patients live for years without being diagnosed. It is not a fun way to spend your life, always in pain.
Chiropractic is focused on the maintenance of the nervous system (and you thought we were bone doctors). Chiropractors do this by removing what we call the subluxation (discussed in an earlier post); this in turn reduces and/or eliminates irritation on the nerves caused by subluxation. We know that from research that the weight of a dime can cause irritation on nerves, and when it irritation does occur it can cause the body’s nerves to send inappropriate signals to the brain, even amplified painful signals telling the brain that something hurts. Sometimes, the joints along the spine or in the body are so stuck (subluxation) that there is only one course of action… chiropractic adjustment (well, I am a chiropractor). Chiropractic adjustments are known to reduce excited nerves by quieting down the sympathetic nervous system and allowing the parasympathetic nervous system to take over. And that is the job of the parasympathetic nervous system, to calm you down and in turn calm down the overactive nervous system providing a more peaceful and less painful body.
There are other treatments that can help fibromyalgia; massage, acupuncture and exercise have all provided positive results with this condition. My job is to find the subluxations that are harder to find at the top of the spine where 95% of all your nerves exit the bottom of the skull into the rest of your body. Imagine if there was a subluxation in that area, at the top of the spine (at the bottom of the skull). I can only expect that removal of pressure off the nerves and spinal cord in that area would allow the brain and body to communicate much more efficiently; allowing the parasympathetic nervous system to take over and reduce the symptoms and pain caused by fibromyalgia.
If you are in pain because of fibromyalgia and have not tried chiropractic I would urge you to seek out a chiropractic professional today. Remember there is no cure for fibromyalgia but having your body free of nervous interference just might make the difference in your life, there is hope.
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