If you live with fibromyalgia, you are well aware that no “magic pill” makes it all better. As the unrelenting pain, fatigue, and other challenging and uncomfortable symptoms continue day-in and day-out, fibromyalgia wears you down and interferes with your active lifestyle. It can seem as if there is no end in sight. But an upper cervical Phoenix chiropractor has the skill, knowledge, and experience to help people like you suffering from fibromyalgia find relief every day.
Common Treatments for Fibromyalgia
While there is no medical cure for fibromyalgia, there are a variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications that are often recommended, including:
- Pain relievers
- Muscle relaxants
- Anti-seizure medications
And while these may be useful temporarily, long-term use of these can have a broad range of undesirable side effects and risks, including:
- Weight gain
- Heart attack
- Liver damage
Plus, the relief you get from medications is often short-lived, and then you need to take more drugs. You can build up a tolerance, too, and have to take more and more pills to get the same effect.
Aside from pharmaceuticals, medical treatment can be limited. You could turn to exercise and physical therapy, but many fibromyalgia sufferers have too much pain and fatigue to endure such physical effort. You could also try alternative therapies for fibromyalgia, but there has not been a lot of formal research on the effectiveness of certain alternative treatments for this persistent syndrome.
Why Should I Visit a Chiropractor for Fibromyalgia?
Upper cervical chiropractic care is a unique treatment with benefits way beyond what would seem obvious. This type of care addresses the upper cervical spine and the nervous system. Specifically, with this treatment a chiropractor focuses on the misalignment (subluxation) of the top neck bones (vertebrae) at the junction of the head and neck. Since the head rests on these vertebrae, they are prone to injury and falling out of their correct alignment.
Additionally, the upper cervical spine houses the brain stem, which controls the flow of messages between the brain and the rest of the body. The brain stem directs most of the bodily functions that are vital to your survival. An upper cervical subluxation can cause nerve irritation and adversely affect the brain stem causing its master control functions to be impaired. When these subluxations are corrected with upper cervical chiropractic care, the body’s natural healing processes can kick in and work to relieve pain and repair damage.
Can a Chiropractor Help Me?
A chiropractor may run specific tests and perform x-rays to get a close-up view of your upper cervical misalignment. Then, the chiropractor may perform a gentle correction, which does not involve cracking, popping, twisting, or pulling. You will likely return for correction regularly for a few sessions to ensure your alignment holds the correct position and may want to establish a regular chiropractic maintenance routine.
Your body and your fibromyalgia symptoms can heal faster as the proper alignment and nerve flow are promoted and maintained through upper cervical chiropractic care. Plus, chiropractic protocols can be used safely as a complement to any treatment plan you already have in place.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Arizona Treats Fibromyalgia
To experience the benefits of upper cervical treatment for yourself, search for chiropractors in your local area. Dr. Anthony Montoya is a trusted Phoenix chiropractor who has expertise in upper cervical chiropractic care for fibromyalgia and is prepared to help you find relief from the ongoing challenge of this intense and intolerable syndrome. Contact Dr. Montoya today to schedule a consultation.