Fibromyalgia can be caused by nerve damage and the fact that those nerves no longer respond to their environment properly. The result of this is that a person experiences more pain than usual. This pain shows itself as aching throughout the body and at specific points. It can also cause sleepless nights, depression, agitation, and more.
Is there any way that a person suffering from fibromyalgia can help alleviate some of their symptoms? Yes! Let us first talk about getting a good night’s sleep. You cannot make a choice to have a good night’s rest, but there are things you can do to lessen the pain you feel during nighttime hours. Here are some tips:
- Do not drink anything for four hours before going to sleep. Then you will not have to get up to make a trip to the bathroom.
- Do not drink caffeine or alcohol.
- Get used to going to bed and waking up at a regular time.
- Do not watch TV or use electronics in bed. It is recommended that you remove your TV from your bedroom.
- Turn off all lights before bed. Even small lights from electronics that are plugged in can affect your sleep. Turn your alarm clock away from you.
- Get into a routine before bed, for example, read every night before you go to sleep.
The above will help you have a better night’s rest. Are there other things that can help decrease some of the pain you are feeling? Here are some lifestyle changes that will have a positive impact on your fibromyalgia:
- If you are a smoker, try quitting.
- Learn how to handle stress better by seeking emotional support.
- Do some walking.
- Engage in bike riding.
- Do your best to avoid stressful situations.
- Try water aerobics or swimming.
- Work on improving your posture.
- Apply hot or cold packs. Ice will reduce swelling while heat will increase blood flow and healing.
- Regularly stretch your muscles.
Where Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Come Into Play?
The above suggestions are great to implement into your daily routine. However, they do not stop or reverse nerve damage. This can only be done by getting to the root cause of your chronic pain. It is possible that this pain is due to a misalignment in your upper neck that has caused a brainstem injury. Upper cervical chiropractors are specifically trained to examine the top two vertebrae in the neck and determine whether or not these need to be realigned. Once this is done, the nerves of the body can begin to heal and discontinue causing abnormal pain signals.
Therefore, whether you are suffering from a neck injury, dealing with daily chronic pain, or have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, the first step to regaining your life is to make an appointment to see an upper cervical chiropractor, such as Dr. Craig Lapenski of Graham, Washington. Do not wait for the pain to begin or increase even more. Rather, call Dr. Lapenski for an assessment of your upper neck. You can begin to feel less pain and live more fully.
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