Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Treat Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition involving widespread pain and sensitivity throughout the body, and some research shows that it affects over 2% of the US population each year. As more cases are diagnosed each year, more patients in Watkinsville and Athens, GA are looking for treatment and an improvement in their symptoms. In addition to chronic pain and sensitivity, patients report symptoms such as brain fog, exhaustion, depression, anxiety, and more.‍

While fibromyalgia is a somewhat mysterious syndrome that affects everyone differently, there are studies and cases that show as a neurological condition, upper cervical chiropractic treatment can be effective in reducing symptoms and pain in patients. There are many different approaches to treating this condition, and the solution may be multifaceted, but as upper cervical chiropractors, we look at the syndrome from a central nervous system perspective. Past trauma or injury to the neck, even trauma that occurred years previously, can cause the neck to shift out of alignment. Because the neck is so flexible and allows the head to move and swivel in so many positions, this also leaves it susceptible to damage and misalignment. Even the slightest misalignment of the upper cervical spine can damage communication between the central nervous system and the body, which can cause the pain and sensitivity that patients often experience.‍

Misalignments of the neck and spinal cord can put pressure on the brain stem and nervous system, and impair the functioning of these vital systems. When there is stress placed on the upper cervical spinal area, the body cannot function properly. By using x-rays and 3d imaging technology, our chiropractor is able to see where this pressure may be stemming from, and thus able to work on improving that alignment, and eliminating the stress on the body.‍

Upper cervical chiropractic treatment is incredibly gentle, and is a good option for those suffering from chronic pain or sensitivity. There is no jerking or cracking, we only employ detailed and specific adjustment techniques such as the knee-chest adjustment, which is painless and gentle. We’ll take regular x-rays too monitor how the adjustments are working, and make any changes necessary at each adjustment visit. By improving the alignment of the spine, we’re releasing pressure and stress on the brain stem and nervous system, and helping the body begin to heal naturally, and function as it was supposed to. Once the misalignment is corrected or begins to improve, many patients report significant reduction in their symptoms, including the pain and sensitivity.‍

While there is no one size fits all approach to healing fibromyalgia, we’ve seen great results in our patients dealing with this condition. If you or someone you love is experiencing chronic pain as a result of this issue, schedule an appointment today and find out if upper cervical chiropractic could be right for you.