Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. This means it affects the spinal cord, the brain, and the optic nerves of the eyes. Because of this, vision, muscle control, balance, and other functions of the body are disrupted. Often, the first symptoms appear between the ages of 20 and 40.
When MS occurs, the immune system attacks something called myelin. This is a fatty substance that protects the nerve fibers. The damaged myelin then develop scar tissue called sclerosis, thus giving the disease its name. Because of this damage, nerve impulses to and from the brain and spinal cord become interrupted leading to a large variety of symptoms that can differ from each person. Here are some common signs to look for:
- Thinking problems
- Loss of balance
- Numbness and tingling
- Weakness in arms or legs
- Blurred or double vision
- Clumsiness or lack of coordination
- Paresthesia (burning or prickling of the skin)
- Depression or other mental health issues
- Problems with bladder function
- Ataxia (lack of muscle control)
- Problems with speech
Most people with multiple sclerosis will experience episodes when their symptoms are severe, but will then have a time of remission. As time passes, however, there may be permanent damage done to the body. This is not something a person with MS wants to hear. However, there is something that may help the progression of the disease.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Multiple Sclerosis
We understand the vital role that the upper two vertebrae of the neck play in the overall health of a person. We focus our attention on finding out if a misalignment has occurred in either of these bones and work on correcting it. A misalignment of only a quarter of a millimeter can wreak havoc on a person without MS; all the more so, in a person that is suffering from MS. A misalignment here further hinders communication of the brain and body adding to the distressing symptoms of MS. Once this area is realigned, healing can begin, and the symptoms of MS may slow in their progression. Recent research has proved this to be true.
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