The search for treatments effective against multiple sclerosis is important, since this disabling disease affects more than 1 million people around the world, 400,000 in the United States. This quest is made more difficult by the fact that the symptoms of MS vary widely from one person to the next, and a treatment that is effective for one person may have no effect on another.
According to the NY Times, the medical establishment has failed to solve the mystery of multiple sclerosis. For that reason, MS patients are often open to diverse therapeutic approaches, and one approach that appears to hold great promise is upper cervical chiropractic care. In order to fully understand how this chiropractic approach is helpful, it is first necessary to have an overview of multiple sclerosis.
Overview of MS
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and unpredictable disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves in the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. This in turn causes irreversible damage to the axons, which transmit nerve impulses from the brain to the rest of the body. Because nerves lead from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body, damage to these nerves can show up in countless forms.
The first symptoms of MS are usually noticeable between the ages of 20 and 40, although it is postulated that the disease actually exists in the body long before it makes itself evident. The cause of MS is not known, but environmental factors are considered likely to be involved.
A Breakthrough Approach
Because multiple sclerosis affects and is affected by the upper cervical complex it can be helped by chiropractic care. In 2011 Dr. Scott Rosa demonstrated an Upper Cervical chiropractic technique, which realigns the upper cervical complex can improve blood and spinal fluid to flow normally again. When function and flow is normalized the body can have great benefits.
When the upper cervical complex is not moving correctly biomechanically, the cerebral-spinal fluid (CSF) cannot flow normally out of the ventricles of the brain and down the spinal column. Multiple sclerosis is often characterized by myelin sheath deterioration or dysfunction. If we can return normal flow and function to these areas there may be great relief to the patient. For Example In Dr. Rosa’s research case. the patient suffered from vertigo and would vomit when she would lie down. A revolutionary use of upright MRI was able to locate the misaligned cervical vertebrae, and once these were properly aligned, the subject in this research felt a great relief of her symptoms. Research indicates that the techniques pioneered by Dr. Rosa will provide valuable relief of MS symptoms for a large percentage of patients.
At Chiron Chiropractic it is our goal to help as many people as possible to live a healthier and fully functioning life. We offer tests and care that few others are doing and getting results that are second to none.