“Muscle fiber pain,” as translated into English from the Latin word fibromyalgia, is a common diagnosis in today’s world. People often diagnosed as fibromyalgia sufferers experience the effects of chronic fatigue as well. These two conditions tend to create a vicious cycle whereas fibromyalgia could lead to chronic fatigue which can lead to fibromyalgia, etc. Similar to what came first: the chicken or the egg?
But neither of these conditions may be the one that comes first. What comes first in the process of fibromyalgia might be something called the vertebral subluxation.
The vertebral subluxation, or subluxation for short, is a shift in one of one of the vertebrae that consists of four components: misalignment, narrowing of spinal canal, pressure or tension on the spinal cord and/or brain stem area, and interference to the transmission of mental impulses from the nervous system to the body.
Because of these four components, the subluxation will be most damaging in the upper cervical spine, at Atlas (C1) or Axis (C2), where all four of these components can exist at once. Because of the characteristics of the subluxation, it can pose serious implications for one’s health if left unattended for a long period of time. And considering the birth process itself is a traumatic event for a newborn baby, a subluxation from birth left alone for a lifetime will only decrease the quality of life.
The subluxation will impose a blockage to the essential communication needed between the brain and the body. With this communication interrupted by a subluxation, health problems like high blood pressure, decreased organ function, and pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia will arise. This is not an if, but a when.
The goal of chiropractic is to ensure the nervous system is functioning as it should, properly communicating to the body and vice versa. A careful chiropractic analysis and specific adjustment to the upper cervical spine will enable the spine to exist subluxation-free, thereby allowing one to experience an optimal healthy life.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, contact Dr. Harshe to see if chiropractic can help you.