As much as 7% of people in America may be coping with the devastating effects of fibromyalgia. Most of these are women, although men can also be affected. Previously, some thought that fibromyalgia was not a real medical condition but was brought about by a mental condition. This is not the case. Fibromyalgia is not all in one’s head.
What are some of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia?
- Chronic pain throughout the body
- Inability to get a good night’s rest
- Feeling weak
- Bowel and bladder issues
- Memory loss and cognitive problems
What Brings on Fibromyalgia?
The exact cause of this condition remains a mystery to those in the medical field. However, they do agree on the fact that it has something to do with the way that the brain interprets pain signals. The part of the brain responsible for this is called the thalamus. If the thalamus is not getting enough blood flow, it will not work properly and pain signals can be misread.
So the question becomes: Why is blood flow being restricted? This is often connected to a problem with the top two bones of the neck – the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae. If these bones have moved out of their proper position due to trauma to the head or neck, they may be hindering blood flow to and from the brain. This may be the culprit behind the thalamus not getting the right amount of blood and pain signals being misinterpreted.
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Finding Help for Fibromyalgia
At Read Health Center, we focus on finding where these small misalignments are located, and then we use a gentle method to help the bones move back into their original position. The method used does not require popping or twisting the neck. Once the bones are back in place, many patients, including those in case studies, have reported seeing a decrease in or an elimination of their fibromyalgia symptoms.
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