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What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition that causes severe nerve damage and It affects the brain and spinal cord, which make up the central nervous system (CNS). And, neurons are the messengers that send signals through the CNS to control all of the body’s functions. MS causes the protective insulation around the neurons to disintegrate, and the exposed neurons then misfire and miscommunicate signals.
MS is a progressive disease that can affect anyone of any age. There is no known cure, but thanks to medical breakthroughs it can now be managed with a variety of treatments.
Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis affects different people in different ways, but common symptoms include problems with muscle control. This may involve numbness, tingling, spasms, pain, weakness, or mobility issues. It can also lead to difficulty controlling the bladder or bowels.
Some sufferers experience vision problems, trouble concentrating, or memory loss. It is also common for multiple sclerosis patients to suffer from mental health issues, including anxiety and depression.
As the disease progresses, symptoms can become progressively worse.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Multiple Sclerosis
Research on multiple sclerosis has revealed that there may be a link between MS and the upper cervical spine. The upper two vertebrae are located just below the brain stem at the top of the spinal cord. When misaligned, they can pinch nerves in the surrounding area, and this may contribute to the disintegration of the nerves.
Aligning the upper cervical spine potentially minimizes symptoms of MS and slows the progression of the disease. Though not a cure, the treatment shows promise for sufferers of MS.
How Our Upper Cervical Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis Works
Dr. Elizabeth Hoefer of Well Connected Chiropractic is an expert in the Blair Chiropractic Technique. This modern technique focuses on the upper cervical spine using non-invasive, drug-free, effective methods.
Dr. Hoefer uses state-of-the-art 3D x-rays to examine the spine and locate any misalignments. If misalignments are located, the doctors will apply the Blair Chiropractic Technique to gently adjust the vertebrae. These adjustments can open the pathways for the nerves to function properly, thus alleviating some of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.
If the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are impeding your day-to-day life, get in touch with Dr. Hoefer for an appointment. Dr. Hoefer services patients in Orange County, including Anaheim, Rancho Santa Margarita, Dana Point, San Clemente, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana.