It can be overwhelming dealing with the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. The population that deals with this condition is up to 5 million in the United States, and it continues to increase every year. Having fibromyalgia can be truly exhausting, but there are some suggestions that have been seen to work for decreasing the severity of fibromyalgia symptoms:
- Reduce stress – practicing stretching and calming meditation regularly can greatly help people to cope with and lower overall stress levels. Making this a part of your regular routine can be very beneficial for managing fibromyalgia symptoms.
- Get enough sleep – fatigue is a major component of fibromyalgia. Developing a regular sleep routine consisting of regular times of going to sleep and getting up, avoiding electronics a few hours before bedtime, and creating a cool dark sleep environment. These habits increase the quality of rest you are getting. This can make a big difference for fibromyalgia sufferers.
- Exercise regularly – getting daily, low-impact and moderate-intensity exercise can help alleviate some of the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. A few examples of this kind of exercise are walking, swimming, and cycling on a stationary bike.
Pain relievers, antidepressants, and sometimes even anti-seizure medications are prescribed for managing the various symptoms, but the problem is that medication only treats symptoms. It doesn’t cure the root cause.
Resolving the Root of the Problem through Natural Means
Research on fibromyalgia is on the rise, but there is still much to learn about this mysterious condition. This can make it challenging to get a diagnosis and find treatments that work for you. Recently there has been more evidence accumulating regarding the connection between fibromyalgia symptoms and the upper spine. The reason for this is because of the connection between the alignment of those bones and the function of the central nervous system, spinal cord, brain, and the brainstem. Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in adjusting the top two bones of the neck, called the atlas and axis. Within them, the brainstem is located, and alignment issues here can greatly impact the body.
It is generally understood that fibromyalgia is a pain-processing disorder, meaning that pain signals are being misconstrued, causing neutral stimuli to feel painful to a person with fibromyalgia. This can be linked to trouble in the central nervous system due to a misaligned atlas vertebra. Upper cervical chiropractors are able to properly identify an alignment issue of this kind and correct it gently and effectively. Research has shown dramatic improvements for patients with fibromyalgia symptoms who have received care from upper cervical chiropractors, causing symptoms to completely disappear in some cases. If these are the kinds of outcomes you have been searching for, come in for a free consultation so we can further discuss how we can help you.
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