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Fixing Fibromyalgia

Fixing Fibromyalgia

We are all looking for those quick fixes in this day and age, and it is no different in our healthcare. This is even more true when you are suffering from a chronic condition like fibromyalgia. 

Fibromyalgia affects women 10 times more than men, with symptoms varying from fatigue, pain all over the body, sleep problems, and cloudy thinking. The biggest problems for people are the inability to sleep and chronic inflammation. The condition affects approximately 3-20 million people in the Americas. There are very few treatment options available for Fibromyalgia that are effective.

The Quick “Fix”

When you are suffering from pain all over your body and can’t sleep, that will break the strongest of wills. Most treatments for fibromyalgia are very generic and limited in their success. One doctor, who is also a patient with the condition, is pushing for a new treatment method that involves a high dose of intravenous drugs. 

The theory is using the drug Ketamine in a large dose to overwhelm the pain receptors in the body and thereby trigger a hard “reset”, almost like rebooting a frozen computer. The long-term effects are still unknown, and many patients are looking for a different way after bouts with various drugs.

Fixing the Problem

It is quite common that with fibromyalgia we see a lot of attention on reducing the symptoms rather than treating the root cause. As a fibromyalgia specialist, many patients seek me out after all else has failed, and they want natural relief. One of the most overlooked areas when treating this condition is the role of the brain and nervous system. When a part of the brain known as the hypothalamus becomes overactive, many bodily functions are overwhelmed like pain sensitivity and the ability to sleep. Knowing this is extremely valuable in understanding how to help patients get relief.

An Upper Cervical Chiropractor will focus on the relationship between the spine, the brain, and central nervous system—more specifically the first bone in the neck known as the atlas bone. The atlas is the most unique bone in the spine as it is not locked in place like all the other bones. When the atlas is out of its proper position it has negative effects on the hypothalamus and the entire nervous system. By carefully analyzing the atlas bone through a detailed exam process, it is possible to determine the exact degree of misalignment and create a custom adjustment to correct it. By correcting the foundational misalignment, studies have shown that many patients not only experience relief but resolution over long-term care. 

If you are struggling with fibromyalgia, let us show you how we can help you.


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