Fibromyalgia is a common, chronic condition. Most people are familiar with the fact that fibromyalgia sufferers experience widespread pain throughout their bodies. There are also some lesser known fibromyalgia symptoms, such as headaches, memory problems (sometimes called fibro fog), sleep difficulties, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Since fibromyalgia is considered a chronic condition, many people are looking for natural solutions that don’t require long-term medication usage.
- Take steps to improve sleep quality – fibromyalgia sufferers report that taking a warm bath before bed and sleeping with white noise (such as a fan) have helped them to attain better quality of sleep.
- Focus on stress reduction – while some level of stress is unavoidable, doing your best to reduce workplace and household stress can do wonders for your body. Learning to say no and ask for help when necessary can help keep stress levels low.
- Eat nourishing foods – for some fibromyalgia sufferers, removing gluten from their diets has proven to be beneficial. For others, focusing on preparing more homemade foods rather than dining out or eating pre-packaged foods has helped with feeling better.
- Get some sunshine – natural sunlight triggers your body’s production of vitamin D, a crucial ingredient in your overall health.
- Make sure your nervous system is functioning optimally – people who have fibromyalgia oftentimes have an increased sensitivity to pain. If the nervous system is not functioning properly, stimuli that are not ordinarily perceived as painful might be incorrectly interpreted by the brain as painful.
Fibromyalgia and Your Central Nervous System
Research points to the central nervous system and the way it processes pain as a potential cause of fibromyalgia. This is a large part of the reason why upper cervical chiropractic care has been so beneficial for fibromyalgia sufferers. Upper cervical chiropractic care addresses spinal misalignments that occur at the very top of the spine and can cause a disturbance in the normal communication between the brain and body.
When the atlas (C1) or axis (C2) vertebrae misalign, it can irritate or put pressure on delicate nerve tissue, compromising their ability to send and receive signals properly. This includes signals concerning pain, which we already know are compromised in people with fibromyalgia. We are very thorough in our analysis, and once the nature of the misalignment is determined, all that is necessary is a gentle adjustment to restore normal upper cervical alignment. This can bring natural, needed relief to fibromyalgia sufferers.