Realigning Upper Vertebrae Can Relieve MS Symptoms, Chiropractic Studies Suggest

Realigning Upper Vertebrae Can Relieve MS Symptoms, Chiropractic Studies Suggest

The Blair Chiropractic Technique may ease multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, studies indicate.

The technique involves adjusting the spinal column’s upper cervical vertebrae. These bones can misalign, interfering with the neck-area connection between the brainstem and neural canal.

Manipulating this area can alleviate MS symptoms in many patients, chiropractic studies have suggested. In fact, 91 percent of MS patients treated this way showed improvements in their symptoms, according to a study published in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research.

The Blair technique pays special attention to the first two cervical vertebrae, the atlas and axis. They are the most moveable vertebrae in the spinal column and the ones most commonly misaligned.

MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The disease results from the inflammation and subsequent deterioration of the protective myelin sheath around neurons. Ultimately, myelin is replaced by scar tissue, and the affected neurons can no longer communicate with each other.

Additional signal transmission complications among neurons can result from misalignments in the vertebrae. In fact, studies indicate that neck injuries have caused alignment problems in some MS patients.

Robert Clarke of Health First Chiropractic in Marysville, Washington,  is an advocate of the Blair Technique.

“Many MS symptoms can be relieved by the application of chiropractic treatment,” Clarke said in a news release. “Cervical treatment has been shown to be particularly effective. In this treatment, the vertebrae in the cervical region – the upper neck – are realigned to eliminate issues that can further interfere with nerve transmission. These vertebrae are especially important for MS treatment because of their proximity to the brain.”

Founded by Dr. B. J. Palmer, chiropractic is based on the notion that the entire body can be affected by problems at the base of the skull, since all nerves pass through this region to reach the brain.

While chiropractic won’t cure MS, it can complement treatment in many patients, its advocates contend.

Elissa Holzman, a columnist at MS News Today, wrote an article last year about how complementary care such as chiropractic helps her manage her MS.

 

Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.
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Patrícia holds her PhD in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has studied Applied Biology at Universidade do Minho and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Instituto de Medicina Molecular in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work has been focused on molecular genetic traits of infectious agents such as viruses and parasites.

11 comments

  1. heywood jablome, DC says:

    Nore nonsense from unscientific cultists claiming to have the ‘secret’ cure that no one else knows about, but they are willing to SELL you some false hope!!!

  2. Ethan C says:

    A chiropractor performed some atlantioaxial adjustments on me which seemed to help my MS. When I mentioned NUCCA, he said he was not a member, but did similar work.

  3. Jennifer Manson says:

    I am a total believer in chiro care as a compliment to most ailments, however, my lesion in on C1 AND C2 so my chiro won’t adjust my neck anymore 🙁 But chiropractic care is wonderful for so many things!

    • Jane says:

      Please go read Noel Battens book on parkinsons and MS. MS is a chiropractic disorder, there is proof of this being covered up in many medical journals. The actual cause is “Consequently the more tension (rigidity) a patient develops in spinal supportive muscles (usually in the neck first, then in one hip and the lower back last), and the more the spine and pelvis are pulled off-centre to be distorted, the more these abnormalities will squash nerves going to symptom-affected body areas, to cause symptom severity. Furthermore this excess tension in the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid muscles is the cause of neck pain, subluxations at the C1 & C2 vertebra, loss of cervical lordosis and degenerative cervical discs, which are very common in Multiple Sclerosis, PD, COPD, Diabetes, Sarcoidosis and many other rigidity autoimmune disorders.”
      Please look Noel Batten up, he has written several books, cured many people and has a website. The average MS patient in 2016 paid $306.00 a month on medication, you do the math as to what the motive would be to cover this up.

  4. S Regnis says:

    My MS symptoms first appeared directly after chiropractic manipulation of my cervical spine 27 years ago. Both my chiropractor and I flipped out. I was diagnosed with MS after a neurological consult. My suggestion: tread lightly.

  5. Lora hulter says:

    I totally think that the natural way of healing your pain is the best way rather than having the harmful medician really helpful article Thank you so much for posting such a helpful article

  6. Kristie says:

    Healthcare is such a personal choice that should be respected. We don’t need to dog other people’s belief systems just because what worked for them didn’t work for us. Every body responds differently to every treatment. We all just need to be respectful and supportive of each other’s choices.

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