Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, potentially debilitating disease that affects the brain, brain stem and spinal cord. MS affects more than one million people around the world. This disease is unpredictable and varies in severity, from a mild illness in some patients to a permanent disability in others. Symptoms typically begin between ages 20 and 40, with women being afflicted twice as often as men. The most common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis include numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, difficulty walking, impaired balance, muscle weakness, visual disturbances and memory loss. Your central nervous system contains millions of nerve fibers that carry electrical impulses from your brain and brain stem to almost every tissue, organ and cell within your body. The degenerative process of MS is called demyelination. This is the destruction of the fatty substance, or myelin, which coats and protects the nerve fibers. This fatty substance functions much like to the insulation that shields electrical wires. In patients with MS, the body mistakenly destroys the myelin sheath, which becomes inflamed and swollen and detaches from the nerve fibers; then, firm or hardened (sclerosed) patches of scar tissue form over the fibers. Eventually, this damage slows or even blocks the nerve signals from the brain, brain stem and spinal cord that control muscle coordination, strength, sensation and vision. This results in some of the permanent disabilities that may develop in patients with MS.
Medical Treatments For Multiple Sclerosis
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the typical medical treatment for MS includes a variety of Interferon drugs (Avonex®, Rebif® and Betaseron®), Copaxone®, Novantrone® and Tysabri®. For acute relapses, corticosteroids such as Prednisone are used, as well as muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, central nervous system stimulants and NSAIDS.
Multiple Sclerosis & Physical Trauma
For more than a century, physicians and scientists have unsuccessfully attempted to determine the exact cause of Multiple Sclerosis. The textbook Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatments states there are many factors, including trauma, that may trigger or precede exacerbations. An article in the European Journal of Neurology concluded that there is a definite sub group of MS patients where trauma, specifically whiplash of the neck, appears to worsen the natural course of MS. In susceptible individuals, these injuries might unleash critical changes in the central nerve system and trigger the onset of MS symptoms. Another expert on Multiple Sclerosis, Dr. Charles Poser of The Harvard Medical School, published a similar article entitled “Trauma to the Central Nervous System May Result in Formation or Enlargement of Multiple Sclerosis Plaques”. A renowned expert, Poser also concluded that trauma to the head, neck, or upper back can act as a trigger for the appearance of new or recurrent symptoms in some patients with MS. He further stated that only trauma affecting the brain and/or spinal cord can be considered significant, as is the case in some whiplash injuries. At the very least, these studies have shown that trauma does indeed have a relationship with the aggravation or creation of MS. However, in this particular situation, the symptoms of multiple sclerosis may not develop for days, months, or even years after the injury.
Upper Cervical Care & Multiple Sclerosis
Some of the newest and most relevant research on upper cervical care has demonstrated the link between MS and the upper cervical spine. Although upper cervical care is not considered a cure for those with MS, the studies demonstrate the extreme benefits for those suffering with this debilitating neurological disease. A study published in 2005 revealed that 100% of the patients with Multiple Sclerosis had a history of upper cervical injuries whether months old or years old. Another recently published case study has shown that correction of upper neck injuries may reverse the progression of MS. Dr. Erin Elster, an upper cervical chiropractor, performed the research. Through the use of upper cervical care, Elster corrected chronic upper neck injuries in an MS patient, which may have stimulated a reversal of his MS symptoms. These results have been duplicated in upper cervical centers across the country and have shown the same promising results. Elster’s report was published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. It stated that, “According to medical research, head and neck injuries have long been considered a cause of Multiple Sclerosis. But this is the first research to show that correction of those injuries can have dramatic effects on reversing MS.” In light of these recent reports, it is absolutely essential, if you have MS, that you have your spine and nervous system examined by an upper cervical doctor.
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Videos on Multiple Sclerosis and Upper Cervical Care
Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic on Montel Williams - Multiple Sclerosis
One of Dr. Roth's patients discusses how Upper Cervical Care has helped her overcome some of the ailments associated with MS.
Jeff D.Multiple Sclerosis
I heard about your chiropractic office through Susan Tukey. I have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis for 18 years and she had told me that a doctor that performed an upper cervical technique could possibly help with my condition. I have been to other chiropractors in the past and didn’t understand the difference between the treatment I had already received and upper cervical specific care. I had watched a video that Susan had sent to me on Montel Williams and how he got help with his Multiple Sclerosis by an upper cervical procedure.Read More
Donna M. C.Multiple Sclerosis
In 1984 I had a lower back injury while in the service. The military did a procedure that is no longer approved by the AMA. (It doesn’t work & caused too many serious complications).I was diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis in 1988. I still was active, athletic, had a horse, and became a dog trainer/obedience instructor. I hiked/walked miles throughout forests in New England. In 2000 my arches literally popped and I stand on the inside of my ankles. Doctors put me in afo’s on both legs. I began using a cane. Consequently, since I couldn’t feel the ground, I had many falls.Read More
Mark G.Vision Problems, Multiple Sclerosis
Hi, my name is Mark and I have an amazing story about the problems that I have been living with for the last 10 years. I have seen several neurologists over this period of time for problems with my vision. I’ve had a handful of diagnosis, one of them being M.S. On top of vision problems my body is in rough shape. Lower back surgery, neck injury due to whiplash and the list goes on and on. I’ve taken medication for the M.S., and every pill you could think of for the pain. Every avenue that I have taken to help has failed.Read More