Morgan Freeman’s booming baritone voice may have landed him the role of “God” in the 2003 comedy film Evan Almighty, but he assures us that he is as human as the rest of us, feeling the pains and struggles of mortal life.
In the Batman franchise, he played Lucius Fox, a corporate genius and inventor who supplies Bruce Wayne’s crime-fighting tools. In real life, Freeman admits that he has yet to invent a cure-all for his serious ailment: Fibromyalgia or FM.
By listening to his patented narrations on documentaries and his masterful performances on film, one would not detect the slightest hint of disease. Most fans and people do not know that the 83-year old thespian has suffered from the terrible condition for a long time. In an interview, the multi-awarded actor and director revealed that he often experiences excruciating pain in his left arm. He explained that his FM soon began after his 2008 car crash, an accident that nearly cost his life.
So, what is FM? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is a condition that brings widespread pain in different parts of the body. Currently affecting at least four million people in the United States alone, this ailment also results in a serious loss of sleep and fatigue. Over time, people who suffer from FM develop and carry both emotional and mental burdens that require immediate attention.
While the definite root or cause of this ailment remains unknown, the signs and symptoms of FM are as follows:
People who suffer from FM also report feeling tingling sensations in their hands and feet, while others said that they suddenly become numb in their extremities. It is also not uncommon to hear of people being diagnosed with TMJ or temporomandibular joint syndrome. Others experience irritable bowel movement, constipation, bloating, and other problems in their digestive tract.
Based on studies, women are more prone to suffer from FM than men. People who have this condition are also more susceptible to depression and frequently visit the hospital. They are also vulnerable to a few types of rheumatic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis, and osteoarthritis.
Aside from Freeman, Lady Gaga also suffers from FM. Like other people who live with this serious condition, Lady Gaga experiences bouts of pain, sensitivity to touch, and even muscle stiffness.
Judging by her iconic and animated performances on stage, one would never suspect the singer-actor to be under periods of debilitating pain. She often posts photos on Instagram showing reddish skin on different parts of her body, supposedly where she feels high degrees of pain. She explained that she wants to raise public awareness about FM and develop ways to connect and build mutual support for people who suffer from it.
At present, conventional medical approaches to care for FM are over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription medicine. Some psychologists also utilize what is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or commonly termed as “talk therapy” to help FM sufferers, who also have clinical depression.
Other physicians recommend supportive therapies such as yoga, meditation, and regular body massage to help in stress control and pain management. Those who are younger are encouraged to exercise regularly to build aerobic endurance and muscle strength.
Several studies have shown that there are safe, natural alternative options such as upper cervical chiropractic care to help relieve pain from FM. Researchers found that pain sensations can reduce in both frequency and intensity by assisting the human nervous system function correctly. The key to helping the nervous system work well lies in the proper alignment of the atlas and axis bones of the cervical spine region.
The atlas and axis bones sit below the skull and are connected to the entire spinal column that runs down a person’s back up to the tailbone tucked inside the pelvic region. These two bones, together with the occipital bone, form the Cranio-Vertebral Joint or CVJ. The CVJ system is crucial to the rotation, flexion, and extension of the human spine. In simple terms, it is what enables us to move our head and neck.
Specifically, the atlas bone or C1 is a ring-shaped structure that enables us to move our head in many directions, including the act of nodding as if to say “Yes”. Whenever we move our head sidewards to say, “No”, we are actually activating our neck and moving it using the axis bone or C2.
Any misalignment or injury to the C1 and C2 bones results in pain, discomfort, or even fibromyalgia. The cervical spine region protects the body’s numerous nerves that connect all the way to the brain. If these bones suffer from trauma or any external force that causes poor alignment, a muscular strain and/or nerve impingement may occur, resulting in painful sensations. Furthermore, some studies claim that there is indeed a connection between fibromyalgia and atlas misalignment.
The good news is that many people can enjoy pain relief with safe, all-natural chiropractic adjustments. Through upper cervical chiropractic, a number of FM sufferers have found their “freedom” and have reported improvements in their daily life and productivity.
In the United States today, many successful upper cervical chiropractic practitioners have helped hundreds of people regain their health and once again live without pain—including us. You can consult with our upper cervical chiropractor to help with any chronic pain conditions you suffer with, such as fibromyalgia.
One need not be an acclaimed actor like Freeman or a world-famous performer like Lady Gaga to find satisfaction. Some would be more than happy just to get relief from FM. With our professional upper cervical chiropractic care, you too can receive the best award: to live life without pain.
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