Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a debilitating and emotionally troubling disorder, has all too often been dismissed by medical professionals because of its amorphous symptoms and the inability to quantify the condition through diagnostic tests. Chiropractors, however, accustomed to treating symptoms that may be vague and chronic, have helped a great many patients with chronic fatigue syndrome towards recovery. The symptoms of CFS are neurological in origin and include constant exhaustion, difficulty concentrating, headaches, sore throats, joint pains, muscles aches, and swollen lymph nodes.
Because the brain and spinal column are at the center of the neurological system, chiropractic care, with its focus on the spinal column and vertebrae, can be extremely helpful in repairing spinal misalignments that impact nerves along the spinal cord. The nerves that branch off the spinal cord form an intricate network that transmits energy to all parts of the body. If specific nerves are pinched, in addition to aches and pains in various joints and muscles, patients may experience overwhelming fatigue. Chiropractic adjustment corrects vertebral subluxations, thereby releasing nerves that may be compressed by misaligned vertebrae.
Advantages of Chiropractic Care for CFS
While medical doctors normally will not confirm a diagnosis of CFS unless the patient has exhibited symptoms for at least 6 months, chiropractors have no such stipulations. There are a number of advantages presented by chiropractic care for CFS:
- Immediate therapy
- Non-invasive, gentle treatment
- No medications to mask symptoms or cause allergic reactions
By adjusting the spine, the chiropractor opens nerve pathways to restore energy flow and release toxins, relieving symptoms both immediately and over time. Practitioners will also recommend ways to improve nutrition and reduce stress so the patient heals holistically and completely.