- 5 million Americans age 18 and over are affected. 80%-90% of these fibromyalgia sufferers are female.
- Fibromyalgia has been linked to certain diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus), illnesses, repetitive injuries, and stressful or traumatic life events.
- The most common fibromyalgia symptoms are widespread muscle pain and extreme fatigue, but sufferers can also experience headaches, memory problems, and tingling in the hands and feet.
- Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose and treat, particularly because its symptoms can mimic many other health conditions.
- Research being conducted on fibromyalgia is focused on better understanding why people with fibromyalgia have an increased sensitivity to pain, if there is a genetic connection, and what role chronic inflammation might play.
To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and fibromyalgia download our complimentary e-book.
Fibromyalgia Hope Found Through Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Upper cervical chiropractors look at a very specific area of the spine – the upper two vertebrae – and how it relates to the body's overall ability to function normally. The atlas and axis vertebrae protect the brainstem, a critical component of the body's central nervous system. Since fibromyalgia sufferers process pain differently, it only makes sense to examine the pathways over which pain signals travel. An upper cervical misalignment can interfere with the normal transmission of pain signals and can lead to fibromyalgia symptoms. Upper cervical chiropractic care is gentle, natural, and can be a lasting solution for those who are coping with fibromyalgia.