Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Spartanburg

Multiple Sclerosis

Affected by Multiple Sclerosis? Find Out How We Can Help.

Multiple Sclerosis is a long-lasting disease that effects many aspects of a person’s life. It begins in the brain and spinal cord and affects vision, muscle control, balance and other body functions.

Multiple sclerosis occurs when the body’s immune system starts attacking the fatty material that serves as protection around the nerve fibers (called myelin). Once this protection has been damaged, the nerves themselves become damaged and do not allow the body to function like it should. This nerve damage makes it more difficult for your brain to send signals through the body and movement and feeling is difficult.

One of the things that makes this disease unique—and hard to diagnose and treat—is the fact that the effects of the disease are different from person to person. Symptoms for the disease normally begin presenting themselves between the ages of 20 and 40.

Sadly, multiple sclerosis has no cure and patients diagnosed with it will have to endure the disease for the rest of his or her life. However, most patients have periods of time where the symptoms are nearly non-existent and other periods where symptoms are more severe.

The symptoms of multiple sclerosis can vary from person to person. However, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty walking and balancing

  • Tiredness and fatigue, even when well rested

  • Muscle spasms and weakness

  • Blurred vision

  • Numbness and/or tingling in the extremities

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Bladder and bowel control issues

  • Unexplained pain

  • Depression or irritability

  • Difficulty with focus and memory

Right now, there is no solid information available about the exact cause of multiple sclerosis. However, there are a number of things that doctors suspect may make the disease more likely to occur in some people, such as genetic predisposition.

If there is a misalignment of the top two bones in the neck putting pressure on the brainstem disrupting communication between the brain and the tissue, it could cause Schwann cells not to be formed or to be removed when needed. This causes nerves to be exposed and touch each other, causing them to “short out,” which cause the MS symptoms to appear.

It is also suspected that those who have had certain viral infections, such as Epstein-Barr or Herpesvirus 6, may be more likely to develop multiple sclerosis. These diseases compromise the immune system, but there may be other connections as well.

Many other common risk factors for multiple sclerosis can be avoided. For instance, those who smoke and those who do not get enough sunlight (such as those in less-sunny regions) may be more susceptible to the disease. Even though the cause is not 100% certain, those who are worried can take precautions, like giving up smoking, to lower their potential risk.

Upper cervical care, does not cure anything – the body does the curing – but the latest research in of almost 800 multiple sclerosis patients proves that it can help relieve many of the symptoms presented as a result of the disease. In fact, in most of the cases (98%), they were still symptom free in the two post exams. If you suffer from multiple sclerosis and seek alternatives to managing your symptoms, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.