We have to start out by addressing the pain that is caused by fibromyalgia. Not only can pain be felt all over the body, but it can also be isolated in 18 trigger points around the body. In fact, these are the points that are used to diagnose the disease. You will notice that 4 of the 18 points are in pairs in the neck. There are two around the atlas on the back of the neck. Then there are two more on the front of the neck around the voice box. This is a strong indicator of the source of the problem.
There are another 10 points in close proximity to the spine. There are two just below the clavicle on either side of the sternum. Two more are located halfway between the neck and shoulders. Two are found in the hips. Two more are in the lower back. And another two are near the shoulder blades.
Finally, the remaining four can also be affected by spinal misalignments. There are two at the elbow creases. The nerves that run down the arms both begin in the upper neck, so there is a direct connection to the alignment of the upper cervical spine. The other two points are in the knees. Again, this can be related to upper cervical alignment, though in a less direct way. When the atlas is out of alignment, changes take place throughout the spine to balance the head. If one of those changes is in the lower spine, it can affect the nerves that run down through the knees.
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Dubbed fibro fog by sufferers, the cognitive symptoms of fibromyalgia can be some of the most debilitating. Imagine the most frustrating time you’ve ever been mentally searching for a word and felt like it was just out of reach of your mind. That’s the feeling fibromyalgia patients go through most of the time during a flare-up. There are also problems with retention, short-term memory, and attention span.
These symptoms too can be related to atlas alignment. This is because the neck facilitates blood flow to the brain, allows for proper cerebrospinal fluid drainage, and the atlas surrounds and protects the brainstem. Even the slightest misalignment can have profound effects on the central nervous system as a whole.
There are many other central nervous system symptoms that help connect fibromyalgia to the neck. Here are a few examples:
At Tranquility Spinal Care LLC in Wapakoneta, OH, we focus on bringing natural relief to fibromyalgia patients by correcting an upper cervical misalignment that can contribute to your symptoms. Even tiny subluxations of the C1 and C2 can affect brainstem function, cerebrospinal fluid drainage, blood flow, and other critical body functions. Therefore, we focus on these two bones using precise and gentle chiropractic methods.
NUCCA is all about precise measurements that are taken using x-rays of the neck. These measurements are applied to calculate a precise adjustment for each patient. As a result, the adjustment consists of very gentle pressure that moves the bones fractions of a millimeter at a time. There is no rough twisting or jerking motion.
Because the adjustment is gentle, the body doesn’t fight back as much. In the end, as your surrounding tissue heals, you get a long-lasting adjustment that can allow you to space your appointments further apart. Patients, therefore, appreciate a cost-effective way to find some relief, since care for chronic conditions is often so expensive.
If you are tired of paying a fortune for minimal results, upper cervical chiropractic care may be the natural solution you’ve been searching for. Schedule an appointment today by calling 419-738-9888, or you can request an appointment online. A consultation may be your first step on the path to regaining some of the quality of life you thought was gone forever when you received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. We look forward to helping you live your best life!
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