Chiropractic Care for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease that damages the central nervous system. Symptoms can vary based on the individual but often included muscle weakness, stiffness, cognitive difficulties, urinary problems, blurred vision, numbness, and tingling. Many MS patients are finding relief with chiropractic care because it is a natural fit for a patient who is looking for a way to reduce pain without extra medication. Regular chiropractic care can help the MS patient feel better, have more endurance and have more control over their movements. It’s been suspected for a long time that neck and head injuries are a contributing factor to multiple sclerosis. In fact, recent studies have shown that correction of upper neck injuries through chiropractic care may be able to reverse the progress of MS.

Feeling Better

Feeling better about MS is a very important part of managing the disease! If seeking out an alternative means of treatment improves a patient’s outlook on having MS, then, by all means, consider chiropractic care as part of your regular treatment program.

Complementary Therapies

Although there is no research that can prove that a complementary therapy (such as chiropractic care) can control this disease, seeking out assistance with managing the disease is what chiropractic care can do for you. Chiropractors are in a unique position to provide conservative care as part of your multidisciplinary team.

Exercise

In addition to being essential to general health and well-being, exercise is helpful in managing many MS symptoms. It doesn’t have to be a rigorous cardiovascular workout to provide benefits. However, some of the exercises ordered by a physician or physical therapist may be quite difficult for a patient with MS. Chiropractic care can help with being able to actually execute the exercises by improving balance and strength, and reducing spasticity from MS. Some effective forms of exercise are yoga, tai chi and water exercises. Research shows that chiropractic can effectively reduce musculoskeletal conditions like lower back pain and joint pain which are frequently experienced by MS patients. MS patients also showed improvement in the following areas:

• better cardiovascular fitness
• improved strength
• better bladder and bowel function
• less fatigue and depression
• a more positive attitude
• increased participation in social activities

Neurological Loss

Because MS is a neurodegenerative disease that damages the central nervous system, fighting the advancement of neurological loss is important. Although chiropractic cannot reverse neurological loss, it can help with nerve damage associated with the disease. For example, when nerve damage causes “foot drop”, it can throw off the alignment of the pelvis and spine and getting a chiropractic adjustment can help these muscles work better (making you feel better overall).

Affordability

With our monthly membership options and our package options, chiropractic care can be an affordable treatment tool to help you manage your MS.

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