What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an auto-immune condition affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The body is thought to have mistakenly broken down the myelin sheath of the nerve tissues causing what is known as demyelination. The cause of MS is said to be idiopathic, meaning it is unknown.A few recent studies have shown that people who had concussions as teenagers are up to twice as likely to be diagnosed with MS years later. The more head injuries kids had, the more likely they were to get MS later in life.
Multiple Sclerosis Key Points
- The cause of MS is unknown
- Each case of MS presents differently physically and mentally
- MS can be categorised into 4 different disease courses
- MS affects mainly younger adult and is more prevalent in women
- The diagnosis of MS is usually made after evoked potential tests, spinal fluid tests and MRI scans
What are the Different Types of Multiple Sclerosis?
The 4 disease courses are identified as; clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), relapsing-remitting, secondary progressive, and primary progressive.
The first time some expres’ symptoms indicative of inflammation in the central nervous system. This isolated incident doesn't necessarily mean someone will go on to develop MS. However if after MRI examination characteristic plaques are seen the likelihood is much higher than if they aren't seen.
This is the most common type of MS - making up 85%. This is characterised by periods of relaps or exacerbation and periods of remission. During periods of remission, symptoms can resolve or milder symptoms may remain.
Secondary progressive develops after an initial relapsing and remitting course. Once in remission the level of disability gradually increases over time. Periods can be seen when the disease doesn't progress but stays as it was over a period of time but doesn't improve.
Primary progressive is characterised by a gradual increase in neurological symptoms from the start. Like Secondary progressive, periods of stability when no further neurological symptoms are seen as well as times when periods of further neurological disability.
What are the Common Causes of Multiple Sclerosis?
MS is described as an auto-immune condition, An autoimmune condition is a condition in which the body’s immune system mistakes its own healthy tissues as foreign and attacks them. Many autoimmune conditions cause inflammation that can affect many parts of the body. In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Multiple Sclerosis & Upper Cervical Chiropractic
After examination of the cerebrospinal fluid in MS patients a number of proteins (waste products) can be seen that should be there. The upper cervical spine and the role of CSF is not a very well understood area by the medical community. The basic jobs of CSF flow are to keep the brain buoyant, provide nutrition to the brain and very importantly remove metabolic waste products. Alteration to the alignment and function of the upper cervical spine can influence this flow. More research is needed to further understand if and what this relationship can lead to.
Meet the Team
Christian is a graduate of the UK's largest and oldest chiropractic institution, the Anglo European College of Chiropractic. Additionally he is one of the very few Europeans to be admitted into the esteemed Academy of Chiropractic Philosophers (ACP).
Christian also serves as one of the board members for the United Chiropractic Association (UCA).
Elliott is registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and is a member of the United Chiropractic Association (UCA), and a member of the International Federation of Chiropractors and Organisations (IFCO).
He is passionate about helping patients achieve their goals and providing the best standard of care to enable them to thrive.
Study to Support
Eighty-one patients with either Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease (PD) were evaluated and cared for. Histories of trauma to the head and/or neck were recalled in 78 cases; upper cervical subluxations were found in all 81 cases; and 91% of the cases responded to care, with symptoms improved and/or reversed and no further progression of either MS or PD detected. These results indicate a causal link between trauma, upper cervical injury, and disease onset for both MS and PD. Correcting the injury to the upper cervical spine may arrest and reverse the progression of both MS and PD. Further study in a controlled environment with a larger sample size is recommended.
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