Chiropractic Neurology: Benefits of Brain Based Therapies for People With Fibromyalgia

    Every year millions of chronic pain sufferers receive medical care for the condition known as fibromyalgia. The current model of care for fibromyalgia sufferers has been medications that only change the way our brain perceives pain but they do not actually fix the cause of the pain. The sufferers may perceive some pain relief but the pain always comes back and the patient is told they have to learn to live with their condition . So what causes fibromyalgia and what can be done about it? The term literally means pain in muscles and the soft tissues surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The cause is the part of the brain stem known as the mesencaphalon. When the Mesencephalon overfires our sympathetic/ parasympathictc system becomes out of balance. A dominance of our sympathetic system occurs and can lead to many problems some of which include:

    • pain all over

    • fatigue

    • lack of sleep

    • migraine headaches

    • alternating diarrhea and constipation

    • difficulty exercising

    • brain fog

    • mild to moderate depression from constant pain.

    A Chiropractic Neurologist can help to treat all of these symptoms. These symptoms take place because fibromyaglia sufferers who have a high firing mesencephalon, which is the location of cranial nerves 3 and 4, often can have increased blood pressure and or pulse, increase chance of urinary tract infections, insomnia and a sensitivity to light. Light intolerance is caused from cranial nerve 3, which controls pupils and allow them to constrict, becomes fatigued and they dilate causing too much light to enter. An increase in firing of the mesencaphalon eventually leads to an over production of stress hormones which will cause pain fibers all over the body to become over stimulated. Chiropratic neurology is using a new approach for the treatment of fibromyalgia is known as Brain Based Therapies.

    These therapies which include spin therapy, unilateral chiropractic adjustments, vibration therapy, eye exercises, and oxygen therapy. These types of unique therapies also work to help the patient overcome brain fog, reduce or eliminate their headaches, and to enable the body to tolerate movement for exercise. Chiropractic Neurology can offer you Brain Based Therapies that can help a patient overcome their insomnia, and that will help them gain a decent night’s sleep. When the patient can get a decent night’s sleep, they should see an improvement in chronic fatigue as well.

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