Many times, fibromyalgia is accompanied by migraines due to certain processes going on behind the scenes in the body. Many fibromyalgia sufferers also experience sleeplessness, mood changes, and migraine headaches.
Recent research has shown a connection between patients with migraines and fibromyalgia. It seems that those suffering from both conditions had an increase in cerebrospinal fluid glutamate levels than those without. What does that mean? It shows that those diagnosed with fibromyalgia and migraines may have a more intense response to pain due to the central sensitization process.
Understanding How Central Sensitization Affects Fibromyalgia
Central sensitization is all about the nervous system and how it responds to stimuli. When one is experiencing central sensitization, the patient is dealing with a hypersensitive response to pain. In other words, the body is telling the brain it is in extreme pain when in fact there is little or no pain occurring. Why does this happen?
Often this occurs because of a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. The atlas and axis bones are in the same area as the brainstem. In fact, they are responsible for protecting the brainstem. However, they are also susceptible to misaligning because they have a great range of motion. A misalignment here actually hinders proper signals from being sent to the brain from the body, potentially resulting in increased pain signals. Even a tiny misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter is enough to wreak havoc on the entire body.
Upper cervical chiropractors are specially trained to find these misalignments. At the Balanced Atlas, we use a gentle technique (called NUCCA) to help the bones move back into place. This does not call for popping or twisting of the spine. It allows the healing properties of the body to take over and repair the damage done to nerves and soft tissue in the area. Often this is all that is needed to see a decrease in fibromyalgia symptoms, with some seeing fibromyalgia symptoms go away completely.
We frequently treat patients with fibromyalgia conditions at The Balanced Atlas.
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