Multiple Sclerosis (MS)Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disorder causing a loss or damage of myelin—the fatty tissue coating and protecting the nerve fibers in the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves). Scar tissue, or sclerosis, forms in multiple areas of
|the nerve fibers, destroying or damaging the ability of the nerves to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain. Diagnosing individuals with multiple sclerosis disorder can be difficult, as some other conditions mimic MS. Multiple sclerosis symptoms, which often progress gradually, vary in intensity and predictability, and come and go over the course of the disease, may include numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, difficulty walking, shaking, stiffness, slurred speech, loss of balance, bowel problems, and vision loss.
How NUCCA alternative treatment for MS can help
There are no medications that can remedy multiple sclerosis disorder, although a number of drugs have been shown to slow the progression of MS. An alternative for multiple sclerosis treatment is NUCCA.
The exact cause of MS continues to be investigated, but some research shows us that accidents involving trauma have been linked to the disorder. After a whiplash-like injury has occurred to the upper cervical spine, the vertebra can misalign and cause compression of the brain stem and surrounding nerves. When this misalignment occurs, there is an increased risk of MS lesions—patches of inflammation in the central nervous system in which nerve cells have been stripped of their coating—forming. Symptoms of MS may begin to develop months or years after such trauma.
NUCCA treatment for multiple sclerosis can help by correcting the spinal misalignments caused by trauma and removing compression of the brain stem and surrounding nerves. After nerve irritation has been removed, proper communication is restored between the brain and spinal cord, and the surrounding nerves. Many patients with multiple sclerosis see relief in their symptoms once this restored communication occurs.
Specific imaging studies of the cervical (upper neck) region are taken to locate a misalignment of the vertebrae. Insight Millenium technology is used to scan and measure the nervous system for possible irritation. If a misalignment has been found to affect the function of the nervous system, treatments of very specific gentle adjustments are made, by hand, to correct the misaligned vertebrae in the neck. After the adjustment has been performed, follow-up imaging studies and nervous system scans are taken to confirm a successful spinal correction.
Multiple Sclerosis Sources
Cook SD , ed. Handbook of Multiple Sclerosis (Neurological Disease and Therapy), 3 rd ed. New York , NY : Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2001.
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Web site. Available at: http://www.msaa.com. Accessed February 22, 2005.
Multiple Sclerosis International Federation Web site. Available at: http://www.msif.org. Accessed February 22, 2005.
National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Web site. Available at: http://www.msfacts.org. Accessed February 19, 2005.
Useful Multiple Sclerosis Links
- Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
Programs and services provide ongoing support, education, and direct services to people with multiple sclerosis and their families.
- Multiple Sclerosis International Federation
International body linking the activities of national multiple sclerosis societies around the world; aim is to eliminate the disease and its consequences and to advocate for those affected by multiple sclerosis.
- National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Provides comprehensive multiple sclerosis support, educational programs and services, and funds research; multimedia library.
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Promotes multiple sclerosis research and education; provides advocacy.
Questions? Call Upper Cervical Chiropractic of New York at 1-877-UCC-OFNY with your questions about multiple sclerosis and our specialized upper cervical chiropractic treatments.