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Management of Multiple Sclerosis Through Chiropractic
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that attacks the central nervous system and affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve. Those with multiple sclerosis experience lack of muscle control, blurry vision, and loss of balance, along with other symptoms. The effects of this disease are different for everyone. Some may experience just mild symptoms while others need help getting around and performing everyday tasks. Studies have shown that chiropractic is an effective way to manage and relieve the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
What Is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis occurs when the immune system begin attacking myelin, a fatty substance surrounding nerve fibers, leaving nerves damaged and scarred. Myelin is necessary for sending messages to and from the brain and without myelin, messaged are interrupted or slowed down, causing the multiple sclerosis and its associated symptoms.
Chiropractic Care for Multiple Sclerosis
There is no cure for multiple sclerosis but there are many management options. Medicines such as steroids, tranquilizers, or muscle relaxers are prescribed to help with the symptoms. Physicians might also recommend nutrition plans, exercise regimens, or physical therapy. Many people also look to chiropractic care as an effective way to manage this disease, particularly because it is drug-free and has no negative side effects. Chiropractic adjustments by a Franklin chiropractor remove the nerve interference and allow proper communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Those with multiple sclerosis already have slower communication, but correcting subluxations of the spine with further aid in better communication, decreasing symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Research Supports Chiropractic for Multiple Sclerosis
Studies have shown that chiropractic is an effective means for managing this disease of the central nervous system. In one study, a 46-year-old woman with MS was under chiropractic care for four months. At the end of the four months, she no longer showed any signs of MS! After two years of continual adjustments, the legions in her brain had not increased and she still had no symptoms. In another study, eighty one people presented with signs of Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease. After consistent adjustments, 91 percent showed improvements. Research supports the fact that chiropractic care is a solution for managing MS.
If you or someone you know is suffering from MS, contact Franklin chiropractor Dr. Devan Arman of Unity Chiropractic for more information about how chiropractic care can help.
Elster, E. “Eighty-One Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Retrospective Analysis.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2004. www.erinelster.com/files/jvsr%20ms%20and%20pd%2081.pdf.
Elster, E. “Upper Cervical Chiropractic Management of a Multiple Sclerosis Patient: A Case Report.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2001; 4(2): 22-30. www.erinelster.com/files/jvsr%20ms%20article.pdf.