How Brain Stem Alignment May Be Related to Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Stomach PainIrritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome has many skeptics. There is no test for IBS (nor for fibromyalgia). These types of diseases must be diagnosed by excluding other diseases. Therefore, the doctor must do tests to rule out all other possible causes. Then IBS can be diagnosed. Symptoms of IBS include:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain
  • Cramping

Brain imaging of these patients has shown a loss in brain tissue, similar to the study mentioned below.


Very little is understood about the illness fibromyalgia. Some ignorant people and doctors even feel it is not a real disease. Those that suffer from it know it is very real. They suffer from

  • Stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Difficulty sleeping

What could help doctors and researchers to better understand fibromyalgia? Studies of brain changes and chronic pain may help. There is some recent research that suggests there is definitely a connection between the central nervous system and fibromyalgia. There could be a malfunction or dysfunction in this area. A study done by A. Kuchinad and colleagues compared 10 women with fibromyalgia and 10 women without the illness. A reduction in brain tissue was found in the women with fibromyalgia that differed greatly from the women without the illness. Another study shortly afterward backed up these findings, and yet another study showed that when patients with fibromyalgia were sleeping, their brain activity was similar to when they are awake. This would explain the unrefreshed feeling many experience due to lack of REM sleep.

A Related Cause?

Surprisingly to some, an undetected neck or head injury could be affecting the brain and is related to both fibromyalgia and IBS. Pressure on the central nervous system at the top of the neck bone (or Atlas), caused by a misalignment, can be responsible. The connective tissue can tear loose when one experiences a head or neck injury. This connective tissue holds the spine together. A tear creates weakness, allowing the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position. The upper neck is the most moveable part of the entire body, making it the most vulnerable area to trauma. If that top bone stays misaligned, you will find disruption of the central nervous system.

A common scenario we find in our practice is that a person will have had neck or head trauma earlier in life. This leads to the head or neck being significantly misaligned. Pressure on the brain stem results. Once this pressure is removed, the healing process can begin. The longer the dysfunction of the nervous system has been allowed to continue, the longer treatment can take. We have seen numerous cases of this in our practice, and misalignment is commonly the cause of fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. After treatment, we have seen such results as:

  • Sleep improvements
  • Decrease in pain and stiffness
  • Increased energy

Patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome see similar results. Once the nervous system begins sending the proper signals to the digestive system again, digestion often becomes regulated.

Therefore, if you have had head or neck trauma before the onset of your symptoms, upper cervical chiropractic could be the answer for you.

Here is a ‘do-it-yourself’ way to see if you may be helped. Upper neck misalignments often cause postural problems. So, stand in front of a mirror. Close your eyes. Bring your head forward and back up. Open your eyes. Is your head tilted to one side? Are your shoulders level or tilted? This is not totally definitive, but if you have had neck or head trauma and noticed a change in your posture, you may be a good candidate. We sometimes forget head and neck traumas if they took place many years or even decades ago. Think about times you may have been unconscious or have had stitches to your head. This means you have had some head trauma.

This is no reason to give up looking to the future with hope. There is a cause behind every effect in the body. Consult Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Redwood City, California to begin getting relief today.

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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at

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