Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Chiropractic Care
Multiple sclerosis (MS) behaves like an autoimmune disease that targets the central nervous system. Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system attacks healthy cells within the body rather than foreign substances in the body. There are many symptoms that may be present in individuals living with multiple sclerosis that can interfere with everyday activities; among these are fatigue, numbness and tingling, vision problems and difficulty walking. There is no cure with medication to date for MS, however there are various treatment options available for those affected by the condition, including chiropractic care.
How Multiple Sclerosis Affects the Body
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease in which the immune system attacks the nerve fibers of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. The immune system destroys myelin around the nerve fibers, a fatty substance that protects the nerve and allows for proper communication with the rest of the body. When the myelin is damaged, scar tissue (sclerosis) is formed, preventing proper communication between the central nervous system and the rest of the body.
The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown; researchers believe it could be due to genetic factors, environmental influences or childhood infections. While anyone is at risk to develop MS, it is more commonly found in women from 20 to 50 years of age.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Symptoms found with multiple sclerosis vary widely, and fatigue is the most common symptom that affects approximately 80% of people affected by MS.
Common symptoms include:
- Bladder or bowel problems
- Cognitive changes
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Emotional changes
- Heat sensitivity
- Numbness or tingling
- Sexual problems
- Spasticity or involuntary muscle spasms
- Vision problems
- Walking difficulties
Less common symptoms include:
- Breathing problems
- Hearing loss
- Speech disorders
- Swallowing problems
Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
Currently, there is no cure for MS. Individuals with multiple sclerosis are able to manage the symptoms of the condition with a wide range of medications, including medications for muscle relaxation, fatigue and immune system suppression. However, each medication has side effects including drowsiness, shortness of breath, immune suppression, altered liver function and seizures — many of the same symptoms that one may experience with the condition itself. Rehabilitation programs can be utilized to aide in re-learning normal body function, such as physical therapy, speech and swallowing therapy, and cognitive rehabilitation in order to perform daily tasks.
Each medication has side effects including drowsiness, shortness of breath, immune suppression, altered liver function and seizures — many of the same symptoms that one may experience with Multiple Sclerosis itself.
Individuals with multiple sclerosis can make lifestyle changes as well, including plenty of rest, regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, relieving stress and chiropractic care. Although the efficacy of chiropractic care has not been specifically concluded to manage the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, it has been shown in studies that patients report substantial relief of symptoms with regular chiropractic treatment.
Chiropractic Treatment and Multiple Sclerosis
As a chiropractor I have treated patients with multiple sclerosis — patients with symptoms such as fatigue and headaches to patients with walking difficulties, numbness and tingling into their extremities and breathing problems — and in my experience, those patients have reported noticeable improvement in their symptoms with regular chiropractic treatments. Patients often state they experience rapid relief following the adjustment, while others have reported that they are able to function better than before seeking chiropractic treatment.
At Kempsville Chiropractic, we seek to relieve interference in the nervous system by relieving pressure on the nerves caused by subluxations. Relieving the subluxation, or misalignment in the spine, will help to improve the function of the nervous system by allowing messages to be passed from the central nervous system to the body and the body to the central nervous system. Many patients in our office also report a significant reduction in their MS symptoms with the holistic and conservative treatment of chiropractic care. While not a cure for multiple sclerosis, chiropractic can aide in relieving the symptoms of MS.
If you are looking for alternatives to medications for symptomatic relief, please contact the doctors at Kempsville Chiropractic, 757.467.5258, and arrange for a consultation. If you know of others who can benefit from this information, please share and recommend this article.
Fascinating Results from a study of 44 Multiple Sclerosis Patients
A study published in the “Journal of Vertebral Subluxation” in August 2004 researched the incidence of previous head or neck trauma in 81 patients with Parkinson’s Disease or multiple sclerosis, statistically linking the trauma to the onset of the respective conditions. Of those patients, all were treated with chiropractic care.
Forty-four of the patients within the study had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Of those 44 individuals, 40 people (91%) of patients reported improvement with utilizing chiropractic care over one to five years, depending on the patient. Twenty-eight people showed “substantial” improvement, eight showed “moderate” improvement and five showed “minor” improvement. Only four patients reported no change in their condition. According to the study, no further progression of multiple sclerosis was noted in the improved cases during their treatment.
This study shows a link between “trauma-induced” MS patients and improvement with correcting the injury through chiropractic care.
If you are looking for alternatives to medications for symptomatic relief, please contact the doctors at Kempsville Chiropractic, 757.467.5258, and arrange for a consultation.
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