Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease that affects the central nervous system, namely the brain and spinal cord. Nerve fibers throughout your body are protected by myelin, which is a fatty substance that helps messages from your brain travel across and throughout nerves more effectively. In people with multiple sclerosis, the immune system attacks the myelin and leaves behind damaged nerves and scar tissue, interrupting and slowing down messages from the brain.
The symptoms and effects of multiple sclerosis vary from person to person. Some people may not have much trouble managing the disease and may lead a completely normal life for decades. However, others may face serious complications from the disease, including having trouble walking, feeling tired, having weakened muscles or muscle spasms, experiencing blurred vision, feeling numbness in limbs, having poor bladder or bowel control, having problems focusing, and more.
Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
MS currently doesn’t have a cure, but symptoms can be managed by a variety of treatment options. Many of these typical treatments include conventional medicine, such as steroids, muscle relaxants, and tranquilizers, or they may include physical therapy, nutritional counseling, and the installation of an exercise program. In recent years, complementary and alternative medicines have been studied as possible treatments for multiple sclerosis, one of which that has been found to be extremely effective is chiropractic.
Chiropractor Erin Elster has been treating patients with MS for years in both Colorado and Hawaii, and she has seen significant improvement in the lives and health of individuals with MS. One woman, a 47-year old who first noticed signs of MS at age 44, experienced several symptoms of the disease, including cognitive problems, bladder control problems, leg weakness, and tingling in her arms and legs. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 46 upon discovery of lesions that appeared in an MRI. After just four months of receiving regular chiropractic adjustments, the woman had absolutely no symptoms of multiple sclerosis. She continued with care, and after two years, she still had no additional lesions and zero symptoms of MS.
Chiropractic Care for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis
Since MS is a disease of the nervous system and chiropractic directly affects the spinal cord and nervous system function, it only makes sense that chiropractic care is an excellent option for individuals with multiple sclerosis. Another study by Erin Elster studied eighty-one individuals with either multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, all of whom had upper cervical subluxations upon initial examination. Every single person was treated with chiropractic care, particularly with upper cervical adjustments, and all but three of them reported an improvement or absence of originally reported symptoms.
If you or someone you love is suffering from multiple sclerosis, particularly if you feel that conventional treatment methods have been exhausted, contact us at Greater Life Chiropractic today. We would love the opportunity to come alongside you and help you combat multiple sclerosis and live a better life.
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.
“What Is Multiple Sclerosis?” WebMD. www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/what-is-multiple-sclerosis#1-2.