Living with chronic pain is a miserable situation to be in, and patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia know about chronic pain all too well. Even though fibromyalgia sufferers are from all ethnic groups and cultures, the disease is more prevalent in woman over men by 9 to 1. Symptoms can vary, but mainly consist of widespread pain, fatigue, and cognitive difficulties. These are just a few of the common symptoms that are presented throughout the lives of most patients who are suffering from fibromyalgia.
When a person is in pain, the thought of doing any activity is not high on their priority list. Usually moving as little as possible so that the pain does not radiate throughout the body is preferred to moving around and suffering. Relief from fibromyalgia is constantly on the minds of all the patients who suffer from this ailment because their life is full of pain and there is typically little to no quality of life. Thankfully, chiropractic care has made huge strides in not only relieving the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, but being made available to individuals suffering from it. Chiropractic care has been shown to assist in neurotransmitters communicating with the brain better, leading to less pain and more comfort, particularly for those suffering from nerve pain from fibromyalgia.
Studies are reporting a correlation between subluxations at the c1 atlas vertebra and issues with fibromyalgia. One chiropractor conducted a study in which he treated a patient with Fibromyalgia for six months. The evaluation at the end of that period was extremely promising because the patient was reporting a complete resolution to her fibromyalgia symptoms. It goes to reason that relieving a subluxation and restoring structural integrity to the spine and blood flow to the nerves would help to relieve the pain related to the symptoms, and the complete resolution was encouraging in that regard.
Another case study explored knee-chest upper cervical care on a patient for three months. The patient had reported the symptoms of fibromyalgia for 6 years and had also been suffering from sleep apnea, loss of coordination, and severe pain. Utilizing the knee-chest upper cervical care to relieve the subluxation of the C1 showed drastic improvements in the comfort and life of the individual. In this study, the patient did not receive complete relief but indicated an 80% improvement on the symptoms and an improvement in her energy level that she did not expect.
Another patient who had been suffering from fibromyalgia for over 15 years complained of tender spots with widespread pain in her muscles and tendons. She sought out chiropractic care after hearing of the improvements that other patients were seeing. Her chiropractic care took place over a 12-week period with spinal adjustments made to correct a vertebral subluxation. After the treatments were completed, she reported dramatic improvements of her symptoms and fewer issues with pain in her muscles and tendons.
The reports, research, and case studies are showing that chiropractic care is helping patients who have been told that fibromyalgia has no cure or effective treatments. With dramatic improvements possible, the choice of looking into chiropractic care should be an important one for relief of symptoms.
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Tedder, N., Tedder, A., Gorshack, S.J. “Resolution of Chronic Fibromyalgia and Improved Spinal Curves Following Correction of an Atlas Subluxation: A Case Report & Selective Review of the Literature.”Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2015 July: 24-29.
Bennett, C., Tedder, N. “Improvement in a Patient with Fibromyalgia Following Knee Chest Upper Cervical Specific Care: A Case Report.” Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, 2012 March: 27-30.
Briggs, L. “Management of Post Traumatic Fibromyalgia in a Female Undergoing Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care for 15 Years.” Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2011 April: 9-14.