What is Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a fancy term that the medical system uses to describe “aches and pains” all over throughout your muscle fibers. Essentially, the body is under so much stress that it starts to shut down and everything begins to hurt. A lot of times fibromyalgia patients are told they will just have to learn how to live with it.


Causes of Fibromyalgia

The number one cause of fibromyalgia comes from an over stimulation of stressors on the body and nervous system. These stressors generally present themselves in three different forms– physical, emotional, and chemical.

  • Physical stress includes auto accidents, slips and falls, sports injuries, prolonged sitting, and the list can go on and on. One or two physical stressors will not take too much of a toll on the body, however, years of wear, tear and trauma will build up over time and exacerbate itself with wide spread pain symptoms of fibromyalgia. Each time a small injury happens, micro traumas occur at the muscle and ligament level, tearing the muscle fibers that compose our musculoskeletal system. When these micro traumas are not appropriately addressed right away, layers and layers of adhesive damage adds up and forms a fibrosis adhesion (weak spot) to the tissue. Multiple adhesions over time lead to weak links in the musculoskeletal chain. Ultimately resulting with what feels like aches and pains everywhere.
  • Emotional stressors may be one of the most under looked stressors taking a toll on our bodies today. We could not live in a more fast-paced society, trying to do more and more on less and less. If that isn’t the definition of stress, I do not know what is. Chronic psychological stressors put your body in the fight or flight mode (emergency survival mode). Instead of healing and functioning at a level of homeostasis, the body finds itself running on adrenaline and cortisol (a major stress hormone). With time this is the perfect combination for the body to break down, rapidly age, and present with aching pains all over.
  • Chemical stressors are another source of stress that is rampant today like never before. Genetically modified foods, toxins, processed foods, rancid oils, pollution, etc… create an auto toxic environment. This is when your body becomes so toxic that it cannot properly heal itself. Instead of healing on a cellular level like we were designed to, the body is forced to attack chemically saturated cells, all while damaged areas of the body do not get the attention needed to heal properly.

The Neurology Behind Fibromyalgia

An analogy that works well to describe the mechanism of what is going on with fibromyalgia is the RPMs on a car. Because the stress load of people that are dealing with fibromyalgia is so high, instead of idling at 2 or 3 RPMs, they are running much higher around 5 or 6 RPM.

Now, when they enter into a high stress environment – it doesn’t take much for them to ramp into the red zone, where the symptoms start to surface, aka “the smoking engine.”

Your nervous system is divided into two parts. The sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system takes care of more autonomic functions (digesting food, keeping your heart beating, etc…). While the sympathetic nervous system (found in the upper cervical spine and bottom of the back) controls more of the bodies rate of healing.

Chiropractic Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Chiropractic is an effective and non-invasive solution for fibromyalgia. At Abundant Life Chiropractic, we are upper cervical practitioners, meaning we specialize in the area of the nervous system that serves as the brake pedal for the sympathetic nervous system. With gently applied instrument-based adjustments, we are able to down regulate the nervous system, taking it out of the fight or flight. The side effect is the nervous system starts to unwind, the body can relax and start healing the areas of damage, and your pain melts away!


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