How Chiropractic Therapy Can Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients

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Chiropractic therapy is a common form of treatment to try and help ease some of the physical symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis. According to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the goal of chiropractic therapy is to restore normal function to the patient’s joints, focusing particularly on the vertebrae and the pelvis.

As with all medical treatment methods, it’s important to find the right practitioner. Look for a chiropractor who’s board-certified. It’s also best to avoid treatment when you’re in a flare — unless otherwise recommended by your doctor.

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Safety and effectiveness 
Although chiropractic therapy is not a cure for the disease, evidence suggests that it may be the most effective for easing lower back pain. Therefore any patient experiencing lower back pain may be referred to a chiropractor after a discussion with their physician. Although this form of therapy may provide relief for lower back pain, it will not alter nor slow the course of the disease.

Side effects and risks
The most common side effects of chiropractic therapy are muscle aches, fatigue and headaches. Rare side effects include the risk of stroke due to neck manipulation, bone fractures and disk injuries, and damage to the nerves in the lower spine. Chiropractic therapy isn’t safe for everyone, so any patient with spinal-bone fractures, dislocations, spine trauma, severe disk herniations, osteoporosis, arthritis, or diabetes, and anyone that’s taking blood thinners should avoid this form of therapy.

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