A common condition many people are trying to cope with is that of fibromyalgia. Up to twenty million of those living in the USA have this condition. Women are ten times more likely to get it than men. Symptoms include pain in the entire body, inability to have normal sleep patterns, and problems focusing or thinking clearly.
The brain and spinal cord encompass the nervous system. In patients with fibromyalgia, there is an abnormality in how the body feels pain. Chemical and neurological changes can cause the patient to feel more pain than there actually is, leading to symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Studies done recently are looking to a new treatment for fibromyalgia. They are focusing on the area of sleep, as this is one of the major symptoms of fibromyalgia. If the thalamus, which is the part of the brain responsible for controlling sleep, can be controlled by using medication to better enhance sleep for fibromyalgia patients, it is believed that it may help ease symptoms.
Currently, there are no drugs approved for treating fibromyalgia. Many sufferers are turning to natural treatment of their pain. Is there anything natural that genuinely works? Many upper cervical chiropractors see success when treating patients with fibromyalgia. Why is this so?
Upper cervical chiropractors focus on the atlas (C1) vertebrae, making sure it is in the proper position. Research has revealed that when there is a misalignment found here, it can negatively affect the entire body. A misalignment in the atlas impairs neurological processes of the brain, such as sleep and other bodily functions.
Once we detect and then correct a misalignment in this area, the body can begin sending proper signals and functioning on a more normal level. Sleep is the way that the body heals. When proper sleep cycles are restored, symptoms of fibromyalgia may decrease or even go away entirely.
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