Fibromyalgia is a chronic (long lasting) condition that can be very disabling. It is characterized by extreme fatigue and widespread body ache that affects the body’s soft tissue- muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Tender points occur mostly in the back, neck, shoulders, low back hands, hips and sometimes knees. Fibromyalgia symptoms and related disabilities, which may vary in intensity and duration, may include headaches, tingling in the hands and feet, sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, impaired vision, and skin problems.
Fibromyalgia pain, which is often worse in the morning or evening, is sometimes described as throbbing, twitching, stabbing, or shooting and may intensify in cold or damp weather, or with fatigue, inactivity or too much activity, stress or anxiety. Recent studies have linked the cause to inflammation caused by gluten sensitivity and consumption of grains in general.
Symptoms may increase or decrease based these physical and chemical changes in the body. The impact that Fibromyalgia has on daily living includes the ability to work, recreational activities and other rest periods. Studies show that Fibromyalgia may be equally as disabling as rheumatoid arthritis. Although the cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, it can affect people of all ages, however the illness tends to affect women more often than men.
How NUCCA chiropractic can help Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is thought to be linked to trauma to the upper vertebrae of the neck area where the spine connects to the head. This
is called the Atlas vertebrae.
This trauma is often not diagnosed at the time of injury and the patient doesn’t make the connection between injury and this negative effect on their body. This trauma causes a postural shift in the head alignment resulting in a compensating response in the soft tissues of the body. By correcting this misalignment to the upper cervical spine, many Fibromyalgia patients experience great relief.