More than 12,000,000 people throughout the United States suffer from Fibromyalgia, which makes it the second leading musculoskeletal condition in the nation. Women between the ages of 25 and 60 are at the highest risk, as they make up 80% of those 12,000,000 people.
Though, Fibromyalgia is highly misunderstood and often misdiagnosed, which means it’s important for those who suffer from it, as well as their friends and family to understand the symptoms of this disease.
- widespread joint pain
- chronic headaches
- irritable bowel syndrome
- numbness and tingling in the fingers
- numbness and tingling in the feet
- stiff joints
Of course, there are other symptoms, but those are the main ones. And the main thing you need to know is that it is believed that Fibromyalgia is the result of trauma or injury to the upper neck vertebrae. This portion of your vertebrae, also called your upper cervical spine, is one of the most fragile parts of your body. It consists of two small bones, which lay at the base of your brainstem, and their alignment is critical for proper communication between your brain and body.
When you suffer an injury that causes those two bones to become unaligned, it hinders that communication process, and that can lead to such conditions as Fibromyalgia. You can treat that pain with medication, but that will only cover the symptoms, or you can seek out the care of an upper cervical chiropractor.
They will help you get to the underlying cause of your pain and improve the quality of your life by realigning your upper cervical spine. They will begin on the first visit by examining your neck and making the necessary adjustments. They will then put you on a plan to receive chiropractic adjustments as needed. They will only adjust you when an adjustment is needed, and they may suggest you make the following changes to your diet:
- Cut out artificial sweeteners (such as Splenda)
- Eat more protein (Gets rid of sugar in the body)
- Eat foods rich in iodine (Seaweed)
- Drink water
Along with those dietary changes, you will also want to make sure you are sitting and standing with correct posture. Aerobic exercises, as well as relaxation techniques, are also important. The point is not to rely on your upper cervical chiropractor alone for healing, rather it is to partner with him or her to help you meet your health goals.
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Dr. Ankur Tayal and Dr Matthew Kittleson of UC Life Chiropractic Centre in downtown Victoria, British Columbia are Victoria Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Saanich, Esquimalt and Vancouver Island. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo and dizziness, numbness and tingling and more. More information can be found on their website at http://www.uclife.ca/