Many people suffer from chronic pain that leaves them struggling with depression, chronic fatigue, and countless other health problems. One of the worst chronic health conditions is known as fibromyalgia. According to the CDC, about 5 million suffer from fibromyalgia. Most who suffer from fibromyalgia feel like their lives have been stolen from
them. Current Medical treatment is largely symptom treatment based. Since they have not determined the underlying cause, fibromyalgia patients are peppered with a host of pharmaceuticals that do no more than giving temporary relief of symptoms.
While it is still not fully understood what causes fibromyalgia, it appears that fibromyalgia is associated with the central nervous system. One of the many natural health care routes you can take to help improve fibromyalgia is Upper Cervical Blair Chiropractic. When the atlas is misaligned due to trauma, the neurological insult at the brain stem level can lead to the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The reason why modern medicine has been unable to effectively treat and cure this condition is that they are focusing on the symptoms rather than the cause of the symptoms- the spine and the nervous system itself.
Doctors who practice Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care have seen thousands of fibromyalgia patients over the years. It has become clear that most fibromyalgia cases have had neck trauma prior to the onset of their problems. If fibromyalgia can be caused by a neck injury, what happens in the body that starts this syndrome in motion?
The head and neck junction, called the cranial cervical junction, is the weakest structural junction in the spine. The head weighs 10-12 pounds and the atlas(c-1) weighs 2 ounces. To make matters even more unstable the head rests on the neck. These three facts make the upper cervical spine susceptible to injury. Injuries to the neck cause structural joint damage. When a vertebra has become misaligned at the joint it causes nerve irritation, called an upper cervical subluxation.
The upper cervical spine houses the brain-stem, which is the seat of control for cardiac function, muscle tone regulation, respiratory function, sleep centers and most of the functions in the body that you do not consciously control but are vital to your survival. When there is an injury to the neck the brain-stem is impacted and abnormal function follows. (1,2)
The objective of Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic is to correct vertebral subluxation in the upper neck. When subluxations are corrected this allows the bodies own inherent healing potential to increase. Blair Chiropractors run a series of objective tests to determine if a patient is suffering from vertebral subluxation. If this condition is found, then precise articular (joint) x-rays are taken to view the direction of the spinal misalignment. The x-ray also allows the doctor to measure the joints angulation. Each person is built differently and misalignments are unique to each individual.
Once the spinal misalignment is measured a precise, gentle correction is made which does not use any pulling, cracking, or twisting. Once the adjustment is made the patient is then monitored over time to ensure that the correction is "holding." The longer the person stays in alignment the faster the body is able to heal. Blair is simple, safe and effective. If you suffer from fibromyalgia it would be a good idea to get checked and see if one of our doctors can help you get your life back!