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What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a sleep disorder characterized by long-term extreme fatigue. Doctors have debated the cause of this syndrome, debating whether it is due to a viral infection, stress, or lack of exercise. New research shows that chronic fatigue syndrome may be caused by a misalignment in the upper cervical spine.
Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
People with chronic fatigue are constantly tired, to the point at which tiredness becomes debilitating. Extreme fatigue can interfere with a person’s daily life, making it hard (if not impossible) to work, complete chores, take care of oneself, or enjoy life. This fatigue is constant, lasting for months, if not years.
Other symptoms reported by some sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome include sore throat, sore muscles, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes. Though it may sound contradictory, insomnia is also a common symptom of this syndrome. Sleep disruptions may be part of chronic fatigue, exacerbating other symptoms.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
You may be surprised to learn that your spine could be causing chronic fatigue syndrome, but new research strongly links the two. The upper cervical spine consists of the seven uppermost vertebrae that run from the base of the skull down the neck. The job of this part of the spine is to protect the clusters of nerves that run from the brain stem to the spinal cord, delivering messages to control the body’s vital systems.
The upper cervical spine is a particularly vulnerable area. Any jolts to the head or neck can cause a misalignment, which can in turn cause a domino effect of health issues.
When the vertebrae are misaligned, it can cause inflammation, swelling, and pinched nerves that disrupt the nerve flow along the spinal cord. Disruptions such as these can impair the body’s ability to function properly and can lead to health problems like chronic fatigue syndrome.
How Our Chronic Fatigue Treatment Works
Dr. Elizabeth Hoefer of Well Connected Chiropractic understands how vital the upper cervical spine is to one’s overall wellness. She is a specialist in the Blair Chiropractic Technique, which focuses on the health and alignment of the upper cervical spine.
The Blair technique is unlike other methods of chiropractic practice in that there are no sudden jerks and twists to pop the spine. The Blair technique is a more precise method, utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging to measure and pinpoint areas of concern. When misalignments are found, Dr. Hoefer can apply pressure in the exact places unique to each patient’s body, gently bringing the vertebrae back to alignment with minimal force.
Proper realignment of the spine will reestablish the proper functioning of the nerves, dealing with the root cause of chronic fatigue syndrome. Don’t let chronic fatigue interfere with your ability to enjoy life and get on with your goals. Contact our offices for a consultation.
Dr. Hoefer services patients in Orange County, including Anaheim, Rancho Santa Margarita, Dana Point, San Clemente, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana.