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  • Writer's pictureJerry Kennedy


Fibromyalgia sufferers live with constant, unrelenting pains in the tissues of their bodies. Nearly 5 million Americans suffer from this condition that is characterized by chronic, widespread pain. There is hope for individuals suffering with fibromyalgia who have not explored the structural factors that may be contributing to their debilitating symptoms.

Fibromyalgia is categorized as a “diagnosis of exclusion” which means that doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia and a diagnosis is often reached after many other disease processes are ruled out. Along with pain, many fibromyalgia sufferers experience sleep disturbances, mood changes, depression, and gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.

A common thread among fibromyalgia sufferers includes physical trauma such as a car accident or other whiplash type injury. These injuries can produce structural instabilities within the spinal system, specifically a portion of the spine located in the upper neck region, also called the upper cervical spine. This area of the body is the weakest link in the structural framework that protects the electrical communicating system of the body – the central nervous system. This system is comprised of the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord and is responsible for continually adapting to the fluctuating internal and external environments of the body. This system also experiences and modulates pain the body, and can become hypersensitive following trauma or injury. This hypersensitivity to pain is a hallmark of fibromyalgia and poses a great demand on the energy stores of the body. Structural disruptions or displacements in the upper portion of the neck can negatively impact the function and performance of the central nervous system, and may be causing or contributing to the overall health diminishment experienced by fibromyalgia sufferers.

Colorado Springs Doctor John Stenberg focuses in a unique field in healthcare known as NeuroStructural Corrective chiropractic care, and manages folks who are suffering with fibromyalgia through precision upper cervical specific adjusting procedures. Atlas Displacement Complex is a structural disruption in the relationship between the head and neck that creates tension in the spinal structures and negatively impacts performance of the central nervous system. Using state-of-the art technology, including Multi-Axial Structural Imaging (MASI), Dr. Stenberg pinpoints these structural disruptions and develops a customized plan of care to reduce, stabilize, and correct them.

Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder and often includes a multi-faceted approach for a more complete resolution. While some people experience a complete reversal of their secondary conditions (a.k.a. symptoms), others enjoy a noticeable improvement in their quality of life by reducing pain enough to regain the ability to enjoy hobbies, social engagements, and time with family.

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