Can the NUCCA approach help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Here is a question to ask yourself if you think you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

Are you tired of being sick and tired?

No, like literally not metaphorically.

If it feels like you never have enough energy, always sleep poorly, have trouble remembering or focusing, while also experiencing frequent headaches and/or dizziness – you may have a condition known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Other names for a similar collection of symptoms include myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and systemic exertional intolerance disease (SEID).

Like most complex health conditions with a wide variety of symptoms, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is difficult to diagnose. There is no lab or medical test available that will give you a diagnosis of CFS, yet patients are often sent from doctor to doctor and test to test, racking up expensive medical bills only to rule out other conditions that appear similar to CFS.

Living with chronic fatigue syndrome can be extremely difficult and a burden on one’s quality of life. Those with CFS find it almost impossible to live an active lifestyle. Exercise, hiking, biking, playing with your kids, and even getting out of bed may soon become a distant reality as this syndrome worsens. As this condition becomes a barrier between you and the things you love to do, it may soon take a toll on your mental health, resulting in depression and anxiety.

While most treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome are focused on alleviating or reducing the variety of symptoms, a more comprehensive solution may be found by addressing the balance in the central nervous system. The central nervous system is the electrical processing system that regulates the entire body. It is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves that branch from the spinal cord into the various parts of the body. A properly functioning nervous system is critical for the rest of the body to heal and work efficiently. A properly functioning nerve system means it always maintains a level of homeostasis (or balance). When the central nervous system is abnormally stressed for long periods of time it can be forced out of balance into a more fight or flight state. This is known as sympathetic dominance and can lead to symptoms like difficulty sleeping, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, headaches, and chronic fatigue. When the nervous system is in constant overdrive the body crashes, leaving you feeling permanently exhausted.

But why would the central nervous system become imbalanced? Research shows that a foundational misalignment between the head and neck will put chronic stress on the upper spinal cord and nerves. The head-neck junction is also known as the atlas vertebra, which may have shifted or been misaligned due to a past trauma like a concussion or car accident. An old or new trauma to the neck, plus constant poor posture can cause continuous tension in the central nervous system, driving it into a chronic fight or flight state.

Not only will this foundational shift cause neurological stress, but the misaligned atlas may also obstruct the adequate flow of blood and lymph fluid in and out of the brain. Now, on top of being in sympathetic overdrive, what you have is a clogged toilet in the brain. Can you see how problems in the upper neck may play a critical role in chronic fatigue syndrome?

Lifestyle modifications like a routine sleep schedule, meditation, and quality supplementation of EPA/DHA fish oil and magnesium may help reduce the stress on the nervous system, allowing it to return to a more balanced state. However, these things alone will not solve the problem if a foundational shift has occurred at the brain-body junction. This shift can be detected and corrected over time through foundational correction chiropractic treatments from a chiropractor specializing in the NUCCA approach. Previous studies show that patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome noticed great improvements in their energy levels, mental health, and quality of life through working with foundational correction chiropractors.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3373462/

To learn more about working with Balance, a Foundational Correction Chiropractor in Colorado Springs, call 719-265-0115 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.

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