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Fibromyalgia and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

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Fibromyalgia and Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Fibromyalgia and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

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Doctor Ri sees several patients who suffer from a debilitating condition called Fibromyalgia (FM).

Most FM patients suffer with chronic pain, stiffness, and burning in the neck, shoulders, lower back and hips. Others experience depression, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, numbness, dizziness, headaches or sleeping disorders. Even minor exertion can aggravate the pain and increase fatigue.

Statistics show that fibromyalgia is one of the most common musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder in America, affecting up to 10% of the population. FM occurs most frequently in women ages 20-50.

Suffers of fibromyalgia usually try the most common medical treatments – pain killers, muscle relaxants, antidepressant drugs, sleeping pills, corticosteroid injections and, in extreme cases, surgery. Unfortunately, the Physician’s Desk Reference reveals that drugs used to treat fibromyalgia can have potentially dangerous side effects.

Fibromyalgia & Neck Injuries

Although the exact cause of fibromyalgia is not fully understood, numerous studies and clinical trials show that FM often develops after traumatic neck injuries.

Fibromyalgia is 13 times more likely to occur following a neck injury.

Nearly 70% of the fibromyalgia patients at Upper Cervical Health Care of Orange County could relate the start of their fibromyalgia symptoms to a specific injury to their neck. These injuries can be caused by car accidents, sports or on-the-job injuries, repetitive stress, falls, or even birth trauma.

Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Micheal Rosner, states that when the neck is hyperextended backward, the spinal canal narrows, impacting the spine and brain stem. This can occur in cases of whiplash in automobile accidents, extended dental work in which the head is bent back, or severe bouts of coughing. Even activities like painting a ceiling can cause injury to the neck that may lead to fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia & The Brain Stem

The brain stem, which can be compared to a telephone cable with thousands of individual wires or nerve fibers sending signals between the brain and the body controls nearly all vital bodily functions. Misalignments in the upper cervical spine (neck) can affect the function of the brain stem, which can be a critical factor in the development of fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatique Syndrome (CFS).

Trauma or compression of the upper neck can cause the same symptoms seen in fibromyalgia or CFS patients. These symptoms may appear immediately after the injury or several years later.

Upper Cervical Care & Fibromyalgia

Upper Cervical Chiropractors are getting exceptional results with fibromyalgia patients. Clinical trials and care studies document the improvement fibromyalgia patients are making under upper cervical care.


Upper Cervical Health Care of Orange County is the central office of Dr. Jerome Ri, DC located in Huntington Beach serving the greater Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Dr. Ri has extensive training and education in the brain stem and upper cervical spine. Dr. Ri dedicated is professional life to helping patients with pain, sickness and disease.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic fatique and would like to seek the help of an Dr Ri, call (714) 848-8122 today for a consultation. You can also Request and appointment online.

Upper cervical care has “given life back” to countless fibromyalgia sufferers. Dr. Ri knows how to develop a program specific to your needs. Most health insurance companies recognize the benefits of upper cervical care and include it among the treatments they cover.

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Fibromyalgia doesn’t have to be the end. Upper Cervical care may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

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One study showed fibromyalgia patients improved 92-100% after receiving upper cervical care. They all resumed normal activities and were able to return to full-time work!

References & Case Studies

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Amalu, W., et al. Applied Upper Cervical Biomechanics Course. International Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association, Redwood City, CA 1993.

Arky, R., et al., Physicians’ Desk Reference(PDR). Montvale, NJ. Medical Economics Data Production Co., 2003.

Buskia D, Neumann L, Vaisberg, G, Increased Rates of Fibromyalgia Following Cervical Spine Injury. A Controlled Study of 161 Cases of Traumatic Injury. Arthritis Rheum 1997, March 40(3): 446.52.

Eriksen, K: Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex – A Review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature. Baltimore, MD, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2004.

Freeman R. et al. Does CFS Involve the Autonomic Nervous System? American Journal of Medicine. 102: 357-364, 1997.

Guyton, A., Hall, J.: Textbook of Medical Physiology. Philadephia, W.B. Saunders Co., 2000.
Martinez-Lavin M. et al. Circadian Studies of Autonomic Nervous Balance in Patients with Fibromyalgia: A Heart Rate Variability Analysis. Arthritis Rheum 1998 Nov 41(11): 1996-71.

Mountz J.M. et al. Abnormal Functional Activity of the Central Nervous System in Fibromyalgia Syndrome: American Journal of Medicine Science 1998 Jun; 315(6): 385-96.

Pioro-Boisset M., Esdaile J.M., Fitzcharles M.A. Alternative Medicine in Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Arthritis Care Research. Feb 9, 1996.

Romano TJ. Clinical Experiences with Post-traumatic Fibromyalgia Syndrome. W V Med J 1990 May; 86(5): 198-202.

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Tierney, L.M., et al.: Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment 2005, 44th Edition. New York, NY, Lange Medical Books/McGraw-Hill, 2005.

White KP, Carette S, Harth M. Trauma and Fibromyalgia: Is There an Association and What Does it Mean? Semin Arthritis Rheum 2000 Feb; 29(4): 200-16.

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Dr Jerome Ri, DC is the owner and operator of Upper Cervical Health Care of Orange County. He has dedicated his life to helping those in pain to regain their health and livelihoods through the use of the Blair and Knee Chest Upper Cervical Chiropractic techniques. In his free time, he enjoys working out, cooking, and building computers.

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