Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a fairly common neurological condition that we see throughout the world. It is so common, that there are about 200 new diagnoses each day. Most of these diagnoses are female, usually around 30 to 40 years of age. Unfortunately, this is a terminal condition; once you have MS, almost everyone has MS until it takes their life.
Hi, my name is Dr. Zach Shaw and I am with the Upper Cervical Spine Center. As upper cervical doctors, we see a decent amount of MS patients. So, what is MS? Multiple sclerosis is a condition where the immune system attacks certain cells in the nervous system. All of your peripheral nerves, or the nerves outside of the spinal cord that goes to your arms, legs, heart, lungs, and all of your organs, have something called myelin that surrounds the nerve.
The myelin is there for conduction. You have electrical signals going through your nervous system and the myelin allows those signals to be distributed at a quicker rate. However, in multiple sclerosis patients, this myelin starts getting eaten away by the immune system. MS patients start to have issues like numbness and tingling in the legs, feet, arms, and hands. They start to have vision problems, hearing loss, and taste loss, all because the myelin is getting eaten away from the nerves. The nerves are malfunctioning and over time, it gets worse and worse. The more myelin that gets eaten away, the worse the symptoms get, to the point where people at the end stages of MS, can't even swallow or speak, see or hear.
MS takes motor skills as well. Most victims of MS are wheelchair-bound by the end of their life. It's a very terrible, debilitating condition that, unfortunately, conventional care does not really know what to do with. A lot of these neurodegenerative diseases are treated by throwing some medications at it to hopefully help with the symptoms and provide some relief, but they never get to the cause of multiple sclerosis. That is what we are here for. As upper cervical doctors, we get to the cause of the MS by finding interference to the nerve system.
Research shows that upper cervical care helps multiple sclerosis patients. A study was done in 2015 and of 77 patients out in Italy. Every single one of them had multiple sclerosis or cerebrospinal insufficiency, a condition of the nervous system when CSF, or the fluid in the nervous system, is impeded, presenting similarly to multiple sclerosis.
The results say, “The differences between the clinical symptoms before and after the specific treatment of C1-C2 or those upper cervical bones are statistically significant…” This means that the upper cervical care given to these MS patients was effective on all 77 of them. Did it completely get rid of the MS? No, but some were completely symptom-free, and every single one, all 77 participants, saw some type of benefit with upper cervical care. Unbelievable. It just goes to show that upper cervical care does help with MS.
Why? Because when we find the subluxation, or the misalignment at the top of the neck putting pressure on the brainstem, a vital part of the nervous system, we start to see dysfunction throughout the body.
When we correct the misalignment, we help the nervous system work properly. Now the brain is telling the immune system, "Hey, this is just myelin surrounding the nerves. It is not a foreign invader. You do not have to attack it." The immune system stops attacking the nerve and the MS symptoms start to go away.
If you or a loved one suffer from the debilitating condition called multiple sclerosis, please give our office a call at (704) 588-5560. Again, we are the Upper Cervical Spine Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. We will be happy to do a free consultation and exam to see if upper cervical care is right for you. If you are not in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, give our office a call anyway and I promise we will find an upper cervical doctor as close to you as possible. We do it all the time. There are upper cervical doctors all over the place in and outside the US. If you know someone that isn't in Charlotte, let's find them an upper cervical doctor. I hope you learned something today and you have an awesome day.