Sadly, when diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, many people just resign themselves to the fact that they'll forever feel run down and exhausted. It doesn't help that some of the medications doctors prescribe for chronic fatigue syndrome lead to brain fog and other side effects that might be worse than the fatigue itself. Thankfully, there is a natural and more effective way to address chronic fatigue at its source. Your chiropractor may be able to adjust your spine in a way that improves or alleviates many of your symptoms.
How will your chiropractor treat you?
Your brainsteam is the portion of your brain that is found in the back of your head, right where your head meets your neck and your spinal cord comes into your brain. This part of the brain plays a role in regulating hormone levels, including your levels of cortisol, the so-called "stress hormone." If there is excess pressure on the brainstem, it may do a poor job of regulating production of this hormone. If your levels of cortisol are too high, you feel stressed out and overworked, even when you really should not be.
Pressure on the brainstem is often caused by misalignment of the vertebrae in your neck. These vertebrae themselves may press on the brainstem, or they may irritate tissues that swell and press on the brainstem. In either case, your chiropractor can adjust the vertebrae so that they are lined up properly, alleviating this pressure and helping to alleviate your chronic fatigue symptoms. You'll need to be re-adjusted every few weeks to ensure your vertebrae don't move back out of place and cause your symptoms to return.
In what other ways can chiropractic care ease your chronic fatigue symptoms?
Chiropractic care can also help alleviate chronic fatigue symptoms by reducing your stress levels overall. When your entire spine is properly aligned, you'll have an easier time moving about, and you'll be more likely to be more active. Getting more exercise will reduce your stress levels, which will help ease chronic fatigue.
Spinal adjustments may also alleviate pressure points along the spinal cord and spinal nerves. These nerves regulate most every function in your body, so when the pressure on them is alleviated, your body systems are better able to work together and perform their natural functions. It will take them less energy to perform, so you'll have more energy left over to feel well and do the things you enjoy.
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