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Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

 What causes Fibromyalgia?

Doctors don't know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together. These may include:

  • Genetics. Because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, there may be certain genetic mutations that may make you more susceptible to developing the disorder.

  • Infections. Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.

  • Physical or emotional trauma. Post-traumatic stress disorder has been linked to chronic fibromyalgia pain.


 Neurological Fibromyalgia Treatments Based on Specific Neurological Testing

#1: Oxygen therapy:
Oxygen is fuel for your brain and nervous system. Your brain and nervous system need two things to survive…..fuel and activation. Fuel comes in the form of OXYGEN AND GLUCOSE. By using oxygen, we will help you heal faster. By using exercise with oxygen therapy (EWOT), we can increase firing to brain. By increasing firing of brain, we help MANY chronic conditions., including Fibromyalgia Pain (Oxygen therapy is ordered by our M.D.)

#2: Brain-Based Therapy (BBT):
 Interactive Metronome:
Computer-based program that uses visual, auditory and motor stimulation to increase firing of the brain.

Vibration Therapy:
Vibration fires the back part of the brain called the cerebellum. One of the functions of the cerebellum is control of the spinal muscle.

 *Dr. Atencip may also use auditory, visual, olfactory, and caloric stimulation to increase firing of brain in Fibromyalgia treatment.

Laser therapy:
At Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center We use the LiteCure Class IV laser in our Austin, Texas office. It is the highest powered laser on the market. Laser therapy helps heal tissues.

Non-surgical Spinal Decompression:
NSSD creates a negative disc pressure and helps to remove pressure off of the nerve. It is an excellent treatment for chronic Fibromyalgia pain. It also provides a slow stretch of the muscles which fires up the spinal cord to increase firing of brain.


Metabolic Treatments Based on Specific Lab Panels:

 By using specific blood tests such as:

 #1: A thyroid panel

#2: A complete metabolic panel (CMP)

#3: A lipid panel

#4: A CBC (complete blood chemistry with auto differential)

Dr. Bart Atencio and staff at Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center can assess your thyroid, adrenal, blood, and gut function. All can be affected with chronic health conditions. By addressing any problems with your thyroid, adrenal glands, blood chemistry, or gut function, we can help you to heal faster. The CMP allows us to check your blood glucose levels since glucose and oxygen are needed by the brain to function properly.


Adrenal Stress Index (ASI):
We can further test your adrenal glands with a test called an Adrenal Stress Index. Your adrenal glands are your “stress” organs meaning that they react to stress.

When your body’s cortisol levels are abnormal, you will suffer from insomnia. Cortisol levels can be corrected via specific nutritional protocols thereby curing your insomnia.

We may test to see if you have an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is where your immune system attacks a particular area of the body so we test for specific antibodies to determine if you suffer from an autoimmune condition.

We can check for gluten antibodies, tissue antibodies such as myelin (fatty sheath around the nerves) antibodies, cerebellar (back part of the brain controlling balance, coordinated movement, and spinal muscles) antibodies.


We can run a test for H. Pylori bacteria to determine any problems related to the gut function.


We test for decreased brain neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are vital for proper brain function. Decreased neurotransmitters can cause increased pain.

We can check hormone panels to determine if the patient suffers from low testosterone in males or low estrogen/progesterone levels in females. Symptoms related to decreased hormone levels may include depression, fatigue, mental fogginess, mood swings, hot flashes, sweating attacks, weight gain, and decreased physical stamina.

We may need to test for inflammation in your system by testing homocysteine levels and C-Reactive Protein (C-RP). Many patients suffering from chronic health conditions suffer from inflammatory processes. Just about every fibromyalgia patient that I have treated suffers from some form of chronic inflammatory process.


Once we have run the necessary tests to determine your specific condition, we can successfully treat your Fibromyalgia via proper neurological and all natural nutritional protocols.

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