Friday, June 30, 2017

Can Chiropractic Help Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is known as a mystery diagnosis to most in the medical profession.  Little is known about the cause of fibromyalgia, and patients who have been diagnosed experience a wide range of symptoms, as well as severity of symptoms.  Because so little is known about specifics, treatment plans seem to vary widely and therefore patients are left feeling frustrated as if they are fighting an uphill battle. 
A commonly accepted theory of fibromyalgia is atlas subluxation that causes distorted activity in the brain and it's neurons, which can cause widespread activation of the brainstem and cerebral cortex.  By removing the subluxation with specific upper cervical adjustments to the atlas bone, neurological irritation is gone and the brain's processing pathways are freed to improve function and regulation.

A 2015 case study followed a 32-year old woman who saw a COMPLETE resolution of all fibromyalgia symptoms after only 4 months of chiropractic care! Her initial pre-x-rays revealed a complete loss of cervical curvature in the neck (0 degrees out of 45 degrees).  Her atlas bone was also severely out of alignment.  After 90 days of treatment, a follow-up examination and x-rays took place and revealed restoration of the atlas bone to full alignment and an increase in her cervical curvature to 0 degrees to 20 degrees!  After 4 months of treatment, the patient experienced 100% improvement of her symptoms, and was no longer bedridden, experiencing pain, fatigue, or depression.  She was removed of all pain medications!

Tedder, A., Tedder, N., and S. Gorshack. "Resolution of Chronic Fibromyalgia and Improved Spinal Curves Following Correction of Atlas Subluxation: A Case Report & Selective Review of the Literature." Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research 2015.3 (2015): 24-29. Web.

Dr. Nicholas J. Knutson



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