If you are suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS), don’t give into feelings of hopelessness or lack of empowerment. Upper cervical chiropractic care is bringing downright life-changing results to people across the globe.
If you suffer from multiple sclerosis, seeing an upper cervical chiropractor can help with MS by helping to boost the central nervous system.
A CNS Condition That Can Affect Anyone
MS is a neurological condition that affects the central nervous system (CNS) in a progressive fashion. Despite the stereotype that older people are more prone to sickness, MS affects people of every age, not just older adults. In fact, most people don’t realize that MS is the number one CNS disease affecting today’s young generation. Though MS knows no age boundaries, the most common age range for the onset of the condition is typically somewhere between age 20 and age 40.
Multiple sclerosis also affects both men and women, although the latter are more affected as a whole. Sixty percent of MS patients are women. While there is currently no cure for this debilitating condition, there are things you can do to improve your lifestyle.
Signs & Symptoms of MS
MS manifests differently from person to person. However, some of the more commonly cited side effects are as follows:
- Bladder and Bowel Problems –Unfortunately these are side effects for a whopping 80% of MS sufferers, though the former is far more frequently experienced than the latter. Needing to urinate often is very common, as is having trouble holding one’s urine.
- Cognitive Symptoms –Memory problems, reduced attention span, and speech problems affect about 50% of those with MS.
- Pain or Muscle Spasms –Chronic pain is unfortunately very common.
Mental Health Symptoms – Depression and anxiety are common amongst MS sufferers. If you are experiencing one or both of these issues, please get in touch with a medical professional. You are not alone and there are ways of treating these problems.
- Tingling and/or numbness –Since your central nervous system (CNS) is not fuctioning correctly, your brain won’t receive signals from your body at times. This can result in numbness and/or tingling.
- Visual disturbances –Blurry or double vision, or in some cases even complete vision loss, are among the earliest and most common symptoms of MS.
Upper Cervical Chiropractors Can Provide Hope
To understand how upper cervical chiropractors can provide hope to MS patients, one must first understand the connection between the symptoms of MS and the presence of subluxations in the upper cervical spine. These subluxations reduce the drainage of cerebrospinal fluid, otherwise known as chronic venous cerebral-spinal insufficiency (CCSVI).
In a research study involving 77 patients, upper cervical chiropractic was used to treat these subluxations. The result was a statistically significant improvement in symptoms of the patients, as well as an improvement in the alignment of the upper cervical spine.
This study is only one of countless instances in which upper cervical chiropractic care has made a world of difference for patients.
Another study involving MS and Parkinson’s disease patients showed a 91% and 92% rate of significant symptomatic improvement, respectively, after having misalignments in the upper cervical spine corrected.
Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Help You?
MS is remarkably different from person to person, varying in extremity from mild numbness in your fingers and toes, to full-blown blindness or paralysis. If someone you love has MS, don’t worry about contracting it because it’s not contagious. If you have it yourself, don’t lose hope; new research is coming out every day and tried-and-true methods can help you alleviate symptoms.
Chiropractic care is one of those tried-and-true forms of potential relief that can help you in the same way it has helped countless others. One of the best ways to approach chiropractic care is to research your options. Make sure your Doctor of Chiropractic is familiar with your unique symptoms and knows how to handle MS, and don’t forget to seek counsel from your primary care provider.
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