Getting to the Cause of Fibromyalgia in Chattanooga 

 January 29, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

fibrosixninepixelsfdpnFibromyalgia can be somewhat of a mysterious diagnosis. It is typically made as a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that if a person suffering with chronic pain is unable to be categorized or diagnosed with any other known condition, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is given. With fibromyalgia affecting approximately 2-7% of the population in America (between 3 and 20 million people)1, understanding the problem and how to best treat it is an important matter.

The most commonly used diagnostic method, which is no longer widely practiced, was a medical check of 18 specific points on a person’s body to see how many of them were painful when pressed firmly. Newer guidelines suggest that a tender point exam is not needed. Instead, a fibromyalgia diagnosis can be made if a person has had widespread pain lasting for longer than three months with no other medical condition that could cause the pain.2



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The Cause of Fibromyalgia in Chattanooga

Although the exact mechanism that causes fibromyalgia is unclear, researchers believe that the brains of people with fibromyalgia are altered due to repeated, abnormal nerve stimulation. The changes within the brain include an increase in levels of neurotransmitters – chemicals within the brain that act as pain signals. Additionally, the brain’s pain receptors become overly sensitive and begin to overreact to pain signals.2,3

Common treatments plans are aimed at reducing the amount of pain fibromyalgia sufferers experience. While pain control is, of course, important, treatment with medications usually only serves as a temporary relief at best. Other self-care techniques such as stress-relieving tactics, meditation, and yoga often help, but never truly address the underlying cause to the condition.

Using upper cervical specific chiropractic care, Chattanooga fibromyalgia specialists Drs. Todd and Christi Osborne are helping people with fibromyalgia in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas get lasting relief naturally. The atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae surround the brain stem, a neurologically rich area responsible for coordinating many functions of the human body. When a misalignment, or subluxation, is present in the area, nervous system function is compromised. Since fibromyalgia is predominantly an issue of aberrant nervous system function, it is critical that people with fibromyalgia symptoms have their upper cervical spine checked for a misalignment that may be contributing to their health issues. Adjustments are only made when necessary, and once proper alignment is restored the body is allowed to heal and recover.




  1. Clauw DJ. Fibromyalgia: an overview. Am J Med. 2009; 122(12A): S3-S13.

  2. Mayo Clinic. Fibromyalgia – Mayo Clinic. [homepage on the Internet]. 2015 [cited 2015 Apr 24]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/basics/definition/con-20019243

  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC – Arthritis – Basics – Fibromyalgia – Definitions. [homepage on the Internet]. 2015 [cited 2015 Apr 24]. Available from: United States Government, CDC Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm


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Dr. Todd Osborne

Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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