Valerie Lumley suffered with fibromyalgia for many years, constantly searching for a solution and being told by the medical profession that she’d have to live with it forever.  She was not willing to give up.  Her body was shutting down and she didn’t want to be bed-ridden for the rest of her shortened life.  Despite the fact that she always believed her fibromyalgia was caused by a car accident 35 years prior, the doctors all dismissed that idea.

Eventually, Valerie found her way to an upper cervical chiropractor.  He evaluated her, took x-rays and found that the atlas/C1 vertebra was severely misaligned, and began adjusting her. As her spine stabilized, her symptoms began to lessen.  She also began seeing a homeopath, reducing her stress and doing yoga.  Elated by her discovery and with deep compassion for other women with less hope than she’d ever possessed, Valerie began writing a book so that others may find healing as well.

Valerie Lumley now speaks around the country at various chiropractic conventions, bookstores and anywhere else she can find to spread the word about upper cervical chiropractic.  Her book, Curing Chronic Fibromyalgia: Choosing What Works, has been endorsed by the NUCCA board of directors as well as the International Chiropractic Association (ICA).

You can learn more about Valerie Lumley’s story and purchase her book here.


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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at