Despite the prevalence of fibromyalgia, science is still slow to explain the exact cause or mechanism by which it develops. There are many theories out there, from genetics to trauma, but most researchers agree that the likely cause is a combination of different physical and emotional stressors. Research also suggests that fibromyalgia has its roots in the central nervous system, which is the master control system of the body. Here are five theories, or contributing factors, that have been associated with the development of fibromyalgia:
- Changes in brain chemistry – Some research has shown that lower levels of serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter, can lead to a lower threshold of pain.
- Hormonal changes or menopause in women – Biochemical changes in the body (in both men and women) may contribute to higher sensitivity to pain.
- Stress – Stress can be a trigger for many fibromyalgia sufferers and can lead to an ongoing cycle of pain and fatigue
- Sleep disorders – Insomnia or non-restorative sleep might increase pain sensitivity.
- Trauma – Some research points to the development of fibromyalgia following a physical injury or severe emotional trauma.
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Finding Fibromyalgia Relief Naturally
Because evidence points to the fact the fibromyalgia is a disease of the central nervous system, it makes sense to look to the central nervous system for problems. Upper cervical chiropractic is a branch of chiropractic that addresses disturbances to normal nervous system function by looking to a very specific area of the spine. The atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae protect a vital part of our nervous system, the brainstem. When the brainstem is not allowed to function properly due to a spinal misalignment in this area, it can lead to the miscommunication of signals that travel via the brainstem between the brain and body.
This misalignment can occur as a result of an accident, trauma, or repetitive motion type of injury. At Besso Clinic, we do a detailed analysis of this very important part of your spine and central nervous system. If one of these vertebrae are not positioned correctly, that can be a contributing factor in many of your fibromyalgia symptoms. Adjustments to the upper cervical spine are very gentle, and since many fibromyalgia cases either begin or are worsened by some type of trauma, having any abnormal alignment corrected can be the first step towards addressing the underlying problem and getting well.
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