Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating, degenerative neurological disorder that affects young adults. MS primarily affects adults from the age of 20-40 years old and has increased by 50% since 1991.1Women are affected by MS twice as many times than men are.
MS can be very devastating because of the damage caused to the brain and central nervous system (CNS). Viewed by some experts as an autoimmune condition, MS turns normal brain tissue and the layer of fatty insulation around nerves into scar tissue.2 This causes symptoms such as
- Brain fog
- Visual disturbances
Researchers are working to uncover new knowledge to help understand the disease better. There are a group of cells known as T-cells and B-cells that play a role in how the disease progresses. The T-cells are known for attacking the myelin around the nerve, and B-cells are shown to promote inflammation. However, it is now known that there are many different types of B-cells. There are certain types of B-cells that may limit inflammation and even have a positive effect on MS.3 This knowledge may lead to the production of new drugs in the future, but the role of inflammation and MS has been known in natural relief of Multiple Sclerosis.
In Upland, California MS expert Dr. Tymothy Flory is helping patients get natural relief from MS. Dr. Flory is an Upper Cervical Chiropractor taking a new approach to MS by focusing on the Atlas bone (C1 vertebra). The Atlas bone plays an important role in how the brain and nervous system function. If the Atlas bone is misaligned, it affects how the brain functions, and that may lead to MS type symptoms.
Clinical studies have shown that in MS patients a misalignment of the neck can reduce the amount of oxygen the brain gets causing an MS type of reaction.4 In large studies of MS patients receiving Upper Cervical Chiropractic care not only had symptoms improve but also had remission of MS for long periods of time.5
- Noonan CW, Kathman SJ, White MC. Prevalence estimates for MS in the United States and evidence of an increasing trend for women. Neurology 2002;58:1:136-138
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- McGill University Health Centre. New hope for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/muhc-nhf102215.php (accessed 23 October 2015).
- Chu D, Damadian RV. The possible role of cranio-cervical trauma and abnormal CSF hydrodynamics in the genesis of multiple Sclerosis. Physiol Chem Phys. 2011;41:1-17
- Elster EL. Eighty-one patients with multiple sclerosis and parkinson’s disease undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care to correct vertebral subluxation: a retrospective analysis. . J Vertebr Sublux Res. 2004;2:1-9.