Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) can be a tough diagnosis to receive. This is due to the fact that there is no cure for CFS. In addition, there is no specific test that can confirm the syndrome. Thus, it is often diagnosed due to ruling out other medical issues. Chronic fatigue is something that affects every aspect of life. It can affect a person’s career, friendships, family life, and exercise routines. While it may seem completely unrelated, chiropractic care can actually relieve chronic fatigue symptoms. If you feel like you have tried everything else to combat your chronic fatigue, it may be time to go see a chiropractor.
At My Hope Health and Wellness, we have worked with many patients over the years who have chronic fatigue. We understand how to work with the body in a way that can relieve many chronic fatigue symptoms. Read on to learn more about how chiropractic care can help chronic fatigue.
What is Chronic Fatigue?
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition. The fatigue may worsen with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.” Part of what makes this disease so challenging is that it is unexplained and also doesn’t improve with rest. It is frustrating for patients who rest and get enough sleep to still not be feeling any less tired. As stated by the Mayo Clinic, some common symptoms other than fatigue include loss of memory, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, unexplained muscle or joint pain, headaches, and unrefreshing sleep.
It is unknown why people come down with this syndrome, but potential triggers include viral infections, immune system issues, and hormonal imbalances. It is very important to see your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. They will help you come up with a treatment plan to relieve symptoms. Often doctors will recommend things like mild exercise or medication to treat the depression that can come along with CFS. Seeing a chiropractor is another great option.
Spinal adjustments are performed by chiropractors to help the spine get realigned. Over time, the spine gets out of alignment. This can cause many issues, such as back pain, headaches, and even fatigue. The spine is deeply tied into the central nervous system. When the spine is not aligned and is unhealthy, it affects the communication of the nervous system. It also causes inflammation. The body must then use excess energy to deal with these miscommunications and the inflammation, which can lead to fatigue. A chiropractor will gently adjust your spine so that it gets back in alignment. This is a painless process, but you may feel and hear a few cracks! That’s ok! It is all part of the healing process. At My Hope Health and Wellness, we will schedule you for weekly visits because we know that if your spine is healthy, then so are you.
Going to see a chiropractor is a natural way to release pain in the body. Pain can be caused by a variety of different situations, including a sports injury, car accident, or misaligned spine. A chiropractic adjustment will realign your spine, which will help to reduce pain in the entire body. It is important to keep in mind that a misaligned spine can cause pain throughout the whole body. Sometimes the root of knee pain or hip pain can actually be in the spine. Relieving pain can also help with chronic fatigue syndrome. If the body is constantly in pain, it reduces energy, making the person feel more tired. Sometimes releasing pain through a spinal adjustment is a simple way to help a chronic fatigue patient feel much less tired.
What Else Should I Do?
Chronic fatigue does not have a cure, but there are things you can do to make yourself feel less tired. The first option is consistently seeing a chiropractor. If you go once and have a good experience, this is not enough. Over time, the spine gradually becomes misaligned and needs to be adjusted again. It is important to see a chiropractor once a week.
Another essential thing to do is exercise. It is important to find the balance of a gentle exercise routine that feels good for your body but does not make you even more fatigued. Your doctor will be able to recommend a type and duration of exercise that is good for you. Yoga can be a great form of exercise for chronic fatigue. The movements gently stretch your body while drawing awareness to your breathing. Yoga can also help with anxiety and depression.
Diet and Therapy
Another good thing to do is practice meditation. It can help with depression that is often associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome should also focus on having a healthy diet. As much as possible, cut out sugar, alcohol, and caffeine to help you feel more energized. As mentioned above, chronic fatigue often comes with depression. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to go see a therapist to discuss how you are feeling. They are a great resource to help you through your illness and give you strategies for how to cope and feel better.
Going to see a chiropractor is a great way to naturally relieve some of the symptoms of chronic fatigue. Frequent spinal adjustments help the central nervous system, which can increase energy. In addition, spinal adjustments help reduce inflammation and pain, both of which can make people feel more tired. If you are having symptoms of chronic fatigue, it is important that you make an appointment with your doctor. A good second step is to find a chiropractor where you can consistently go to get adjustments. At My Hope Health and Wellness, we are here to help with your chronic fatigue issues. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the services we provide.