Fibromyalgia is a condition that continues to baffle the medical community as a whole. It is difficult to understand for a number of reasons. The most outstanding symptom of the disorder is widespread pain. This unusual pain is normally difficult to treat and control. Another challenge is the diagnosis itself. There are no tests, lab work, or imaging that can be used to diagnosis fibromyalgia. Physicians will first rule out other causes of the pain. If nothing is found, fibromyalgia is a likely diagnosis. For many, the process is both exhausting and expensive.
Studies have revealed certain connections between fibromyalgia and a reduction in thyroid hormone regulation. There are certain lifestyle habits that can contribute to symptoms as well. A few include poor diet, lack of exercise or physical activity, and certain types of medications. These factors can alter the balance of hormones such as cortisol, estrogen, and progesterone. All of these factors together may seem splintered and dealing with different systems, but there is a commonality: the nervous system.
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The Role of the Nervous System in Fibromyalgia
The central nervous system is responsible for regulating these other systems. If the nervous system is running below par, it can have drastic effects on other systems, such as the endocrine and immune systems (these systems are the ones largely responsible for hormone production and regulation). For someone with fibromyalgia, having the nervous system in optimal condition is imperative.
Upper cervical chiropractors are aware that even a small shift in the alignment of the uppermost vertebrae in the neck, the C1 and C2, can greatly impede nervous system function. If there is a misalignment, this could be the root issue causing fibromyalgia symptoms. An examination will reveal if an adjustment is needed. A gentle coaxing of the vertebrae may be all that is needed to realign it. Once aligned, the nervous system and the systems under its control can begin to resume normal function.
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