Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) refers to severe, continued tiredness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other medical conditions. The exact cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is unknown. Some theories suggest CFS may be due to:
Viral infection, although no virus has been identified at this point.
Also, inflammation in the Nervous System due to a faulty immune system response.
The second theory may be the reason why CFS cases respond to the NUCCA chiropractic procedure. As I have discussed in previous articles, NUCCA care has a positive effect on the Central Nervous System by relieving pressure caused by the head and neck misalignment. When the neck misaligns at the junction of the neck and head, pressure can develop on the delicate nerve tissue of the upper spinal cord and brainstem. It is this pressure on the nerves that we feel contributes to CFS symptoms.
Symptoms of CFS are similar to those of the flu and other common viral infections, and include muscle aches, headache, and extreme fatigue. However, symptoms of CFS last for 6 months or more. There are other problems that can lead to these symptoms including drug reactions, autoimmune issues, thyroid problems and others. To determine if the NUCCA procedure can help, testing must be done that identifies if there is misalignment of the head and neck. These tests are painless and help determine which cases the NUCCA procedure can help.
CFS most commonly occurs in women ages 30 to 50. In our office we find many CFS cases also have fibromyalgia symptoms or diagnosis. Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Common medical management for CFS includes drugs that treat pain, anti anxiety drugs, and anti depression drugs.
Several outcome investigations have been performed using a variety of conservative Chiropractic procedures aimed at improving the patient’s impairment and disability associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. These include 1 randomized clinical trial and a number of case reports in the Chiropractic, peer-reviewed literature.In addition we have experienced several positive outcomes at our office over the past 20+ years in cases where CFS have been diagnosed or suspected due to the symptoms.
There is also, evidence that massage therapy is beneficial in helping CFS. We have had great results with some CFS and fibromyalgia patients by combining the NUCCA procedure with some specific massage therapy procedures.
My goal is to make you think of alternative methods of treatment for conditions such as CFS and fibromyalgia. The NUCCA procedure is conservative and does not require taking any prescription drugs. This should be the first choice of treatment.
We live in a world where no one teaches us how to shop for our health care needs. We usually learn from our parents and peers how to shop for a car or a ripe cantalope, but how do we know where to go for help with CFS? Should we take anti-anxiety drugs? Pain medications? Who can help us? It is imperative that we try conservative, inexpensive treatment first such as the NUCCA procedure.
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