It seems as if chronic fatigue is becoming more and more common. You may suffer from it yourself or you may know a friend, colleague, or family member who suffers from it. Chronic fatigue is a very complex disease to diagnose. It is even more difficult to find a way to care for it. It may take many months and a battery of testing to rule out other conditions and get a proper diagnosis. This can cause frustration and exhaustion to those trying their best just to cope with chronic fatigue.
No one theory has been confirmed to be the exact reason chronic fatigue occurs, which is another reason why finding a cure can be so hard to come by. If you seek care from your medical doctor, he or she may just address the individual symptoms. This may bring some temporary relief, but unless the underlying cause is addressed, chronic fatigue will continue to occur.
The Root of Chronic Fatigue May Lie in Your Neck
Chronic fatigue causes its sufferers to become extremely exhausted. Extra sleep and rest do not bring relief of this tiredness. Interestingly, a link has been seen between a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine and the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome. What connects the two?
The C1 and C2 vertebrae are located at the top of the neck. These bones are responsible for protecting the spinal cord and the brainstem. In fact, they are located at the very spot the spinal cord meets the brainstem. If a misalignment happens in one of these bones, it can begin to put pressure on the brainstem, causing it to send improper signals to the brain. The vascular system and nerves can be affected. If the brainstem tells the brain that the body is tired when the body is not really tired, chronic fatigue can be the end result.
Upper cervical chiropractors use a method that encourages the bones to move back into place on their own without the need to pop or crack the neck or spine. This method focuses on the misaligned bone and gently moves it back into its original position and often results in an improvement of chronic fatigue symptoms. Some patients see their chronic fatigue go away and not return.