What MS Sufferers Need To Know About Chiropractic Care
Multiple sclerosis (also known as MS) is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. Symptoms of MS can range from mild numbness of the extremities to serious issues like blindness or paralysis. The symptoms can vary widely from one individual to another; while MS can be a moderate inconvenience to one person, it can be life changing to another. Thankfully, research advances and newer treatments are giving fresh hope to sufferers of multiple sclerosis.
One not-so-new treatment that many MS patient are finding relief with is chiropractic care. Because holistic care is frequently required to manage this painful disease, chiropractic care is a natural fit for a patient who is looking for a way to reduce pain without extra medication.
Recently, researched performed by Erin Elster, D.C. published a study in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research which shows that correction of upper neck injuries may be able to reverse the progress of MS. Dr. Elster, D.C., an upper cervical chiropractor from Boulder, Co. gathered data from 44 MS patients that have received care over the last 5 years, and found that 91% of them showed an improvement. These findings suggest that correcting neck injuries may be able to stimulate a reversal of progress for MS patients.
It’s been suspected for a long time that neck and head injuries are a contributing factor to multiple sclerosis; and while this study is too small to predict whether or not MS symptoms can be alleviated or reversed through chiropractic care, it’s certainly an avenue that’s worth exploring.
If you suffer from MS, please discuss your chiropractic options with your health care provider. If you’re not currently seeing a Doctor of Chiropractic, you should definitely spend some time on research before making your decision. You’ll want to find a doctor who is familiar with your symptoms and who can help you make changes to your activity level and diet, if necessary. Multiple sclerosis is a very serious condition, but there is help available for those who seek it.