The Relationship Between Your Spine and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 

 January 29, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

fatigued-lady800Both Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia used to carry some degree of skepticism along with them – nobody knows exactly what the mechanism is that causes them, so their diagnosis remained somewhat of a mystery.  Although they have come to be more accepted in mainstream medicine, there still remains some confusion amongst the scientific community.  In fact, sometimes the only treatment offered to patients with CFS are antidepressants and sleeping pills, since there is still such widespread disagreement about what causes the chronic exhaustion and cognitive impairment that comes along with CFS. 

In a March 2015 Healthline article, a new study was reported to show abnormal immune proteins in the spinal fluid of people with CFS.  This paper was the first of its kind to offer any type of proof that CFS is in fact a “biological illness”.  Immune molecules called cytokines were present in different quantities in patients with CFS – some markedly higher and some lower than expected – which is a similar finding to multiple sclerosis patients as well.  This gives the overall picture that CFS may be autoimmune related, showing both physical and neurological symptoms.

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Self-care methods are also recommended to help reduce stress and target painful areas. Some common methods are2:

  • Get sufficient sleep – Since fatigue is a large component of fibromyalgia, it is necessary to get a sufficient quantity of sleep. Developing good sleep habits, such as going to bed at a consistent time each night and limiting the use of electronics before bedtime contribute to forming health sleep habits.

  • Exercise Regularly – Appropriate exercises include swimming, walking, and cycling on a stationary bike. At first, the pain may worsen, but gradually increasing the amount of exercise can help to lessen the chronic nature of the pain.

  • Stress reduction – Utilizing techniques such as meditation and yoga can help to reduce overall stress. Allowing time for relaxation each day can help with the management of fibromyalgia.

 Hope for patients living with chronic fatigue syndrome may come from an unexpected source.  Upper cervical chiropractors Drs. Todd and Christi Osborne know how important the relationship between normal alignment of the vertebra of the upper neck and normal nervous system function.  Since the nervous system is responsible for the function of all other bodily systems, including the immune system, ensuring its optimal function is critically important.  A misalignment of the top two cervical vertebra can affect brain stem function, leading to many different impairments of bodily function.  Since treatment options remain so limited for CFS patients, and since they’re geared more towards symptomatic relief rather than getting to the bottom of the cause, upper cervical chiropractic may provide natural, lasting relief.  




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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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