Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that affects the brain and the spinal cord (the central nervous system). A fatty substance called myelin acts as an insulation to the nerves. With MS, myelin is destroyed causing inflammation and scar tissue. This leads to interference in the communication system of the body. If the brain and body no longer communicate properly, MS can be an end result.
Women are diagnosed more often than men. A study conducted revealed that an increase of 50% was seen in the number of women reporting MS from 1991 to 1994 compared to those reporting from 1982 to 1986. No one is sure why this is happening or even why MS occurs, making it difficult to treat.
Some Insight into Multiple Sclerosis
A study was done by Dr. Raymond Damadian, the inventor of the MRI machine, observing 8 patients who were diagnosed with MS. Out of the 8, all but one had suffered from severe neck injuries. Here are some highlights of the study:
- Symptoms of MS did not begin to show up until about 8 years after the trauma to the neck.
- All 8 had an abnormal flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CFS) with blockages in the cervical spine.
- Leaks around the brain were noted due to the abnormality of CFS causing intracranial pressure.
- Patients without MS showed no blockage or abnormality of CFS.
- Cerebrospinal fluid is made up of antigenic (tau) proteins that lead to an autoimmune response causing the demyelination seen in MS patients.
A Healthy Spine Can Help MS Patients
A possible reason for the abnormal flow of CSF can be connected to a problem within the neck. If either of the top two bones of the vertebrae is misaligned, they may be placing undue pressure on the spinal cord. This can lead to communication problems throughout the body and a hindering of cerebrospinal fluid flow. An upper cervical chiropractor is educated on how to find and correct these misalignments. A gentle method is used to help the bones move back into place. This often leads patients to have fewer MS symptoms. Some even see a complete remission of MS.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/