Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects the entire body, immersing it in pain and other symptoms. It is very common to be prescribed opioids by a primary care physician for pain management for this condition. New research on chronic pain sufferers found evidence that this form of treatment may actually have negative effects in the long run.
The study followed about 13,000 older vets and watched their pain levels for 12 months. Over time, researchers observed that the severity of pain appeared to slowly decrease when patients were not taking opioids.
A few factors to recognize about the study was that not all of the participants had fibromyalgia, and there are times that dulling pain with medications is required to complete some necessary tasks. However, for a permanent solution for chronic pain, the research does show us that medication for the pain, especially when over used, can impede improvement. The question is, are there natural solutions for chronic pain management?
We recommend upper cervical chiropractic care, particularly if you have had a head or neck injury prior to your chronic pain. If the upper cervical spine shifts out of alignment, this can cause confusion within the body and brain’s communication of pain signals. The reason for this is that the uppermost vertebrae, the C1 and C2, encase the brainstem and protect the junction in which the spinal cord and brain meet.
At Advanced Spinal Care, we administer the NUCCA technique to examine, locate, and then gently correct these kinds of misalignments. The gentlest adjustment provides lasting corrections, which means more time for healing of the damage caused by the spinal disturbance. After this type of correction, many patients in studies show a lower intensity in pain levels and other fibromyalgia symptoms.
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