In honor of the National Awareness Day for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (which took place on May 12) I’d like to talk about holistic treatment options for this disorder. Together we can find ways to reduce the frustration that often surrounds the treatment of this elusive condition.
I know that many patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) feel burdened with the task of convincing others that they are suffering from a very real medical issue. The lack of recognition often means that treatment options are limited to a scattered assortment of drugs used to treat symptoms—not the actual disorder—and which were never specifically intended for use with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients.
As many CFS patients already know, finding the right medications can be a lengthy process that creates further lifestyle disruption and, of course, damages the body by subjecting it to a variety of side effects. It’s important to know that there are other, healthy treatment options that do not require the use of drugs. Chiropractic care in particular can benefit the health of your entire body while addresing symptoms.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be extremely debilitating—it generally presents as severe exhaustion (which is not helped by rest), problems with memory and concentration, and pain in the muscles and joints. It is difficult to diagnose in patients because it often mimics other disorders; there are also no physical, obvious signs to identify Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Even worse, there is no diagnostic test that specifically pinpoints Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A diagnosis is usually made after a careful evaluation that rules out any other possible illnesses (such as multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, or mononucleosis). It is such a difficult condition to diagnose that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that less than 20% of Chronic Fatigue patients in the United States have been diagnosed.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, my understanding of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is based on the relationship between the health of the spine and its impact on the central nervous system. Virtually every symptom related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be traced back to a malfunctioning nervous system. Furthermore, when the spine is unbalanced it is not making the most efficient use of energy; fatigue often results when the spine is positioned in a way that places strain on the rest of the body.
Chiropractic care works by locating and fixing the misalignments in the spine that may be causing nervous system distress. When the spine is healthy and functioning properly, the body is free to heal itself and work as it was always intended.
Monmouth Spine and Rehabilitation Center in the Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
At our Red Bank, NJ facility, we practice a type of chiropractic known as Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP). CBP is particularly relevant in the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in that it focuses on the total health and positioning of the spine. We also offer a number of other modalities, including:
I hope that together we can dispel the myth that medications are required for eliminating symptoms. It is rarely necessary to harm the body in order to produce positive, healthy outcomes. Please call or visit our Monmouth County office to learn more.