When it comes to fibromyalgia (FM), getting the best care for dealing with pain, sleepless nights, fatigue, and other symptoms is vital. However, a recent study revealed a discrepancy in care depending on the doctor that a patient is diagnosed by. Consider the following.
General Practitioners Vs Specialists
The study showed that a general physician is more likely to treat FM by means of traditional pharmaceuticals instead of recommending any kind of alternative medicine. On the other hand, rheumatologists, in particular, we’re shown to be more likely to recommend a blend of options for patient care.
The study also revealed that some of the specialists were much more confident in their diagnosis while many primary care doctors were uncertain about giving a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The good news of the study was that doctors across the board recognized the importance of proper diagnosis and care for FM patients and the recognition that it is a real disease and not psychosomatic.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Fibromyalgia
One option that most practitioners fail to recommend is upper cervical chiropractic care. However, studies show the benefits that result when patients with FM receive upper cervical adjustments. For example, in one case study, a 32-year-old woman with fibromyalgia felt an immediate reduction in pain after her first adjustment and 90% pain reduction after just 3 months of care.
Why do upper cervical chiropractic help? The fact is that the alignment of the C1 (atlas) vertebra can have far reaching effects on health as it is positioned at the base of the skull where the brainstem meets the spinal cord. Even a slight misalignment can cause communication issues throughout the body, including the way pain signals are processed. As a result, realignment of the atlas may help the body the interpret pain properly and relieve some of the excess agony felt by patients suffering from fibromyalgia or other chronic health conditions.
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