There are many theories, but recent studies are honing in on central sensitization, a phenomenon that has been linked to whiplash injuries. What is central sensitization? It has to do with the way the body feels pain. Specifically, the way the brain reacts to specific stimuli.
When a person experiences central sensitization, pain sensors stay amped up as they normally only would be in an emergency situation to alert the person to an injury. It’s more than just the pain of something striking the body. It can refer to increased sensations from sound, lights, and even bladder and bowel sensations.
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The following symptoms are all related to central sensitization:
- Chronic Pain
- Extreme Fatigue
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lower abdominal pain
- Extra painful menstrual periods
- Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sensitivity to temperature
Researchers, at first, suggested the idea that the pain of fibromyalgia was just the result of false signals from the body being sent to the brain. This new data, however, suggests that the problem is starting in the brain and spinal cord.
At Upper Cervical Hawaii, we specialize in misalignments of the upper neck that can cause the exact problems these studies have revealed as the underlying cause of chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. We use the NUCCA technique to diagnose and treat these misalignments.
If your fibromyalgia began sometime after a trauma to the head or neck, even if it started years later, a misalignment may be causing central sensitization. Realignment of the upper cervical spine can help the nervous system to begin communication correctly. The result can be a significant improvement in health without surgery or prescription drugs.
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- Guymur, Littlejohn. Letter to the editor. The Journal of Rheumatology. Nov 2014. Web. Accessed on 27 August 2015. <http://www.jrheum.org/content/41/11/2324.full>.
- Questions and Answers about Fibromyalgia. National Institute of Arthristis and Musculoskeletal and skin diseases. July 2014. Web. Accessed on 27 August 2015. http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_info/Fibromyalgia/default.asp
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