It’s been more than a decade since Montel Williams received his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. In that time, he’s worked hard to become the face of this debilitating disease.
Every hour, someone in the world is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). This chronic, frequently disabling disease attacks the central nervous system of sufferers and can lead to mixed outcomes. Some people find that their symptoms are very mild—only numbness or tingling in the limbs. Other more unfortunate victims of this disease may wind up paralyzed or blind as a result of MS. The disease is a very unpredictable one and for many years was shrouded in mystery.
Williams was diagnosed with MS in 1999. Since then, he’s tried a variety of treatments to combat his disease, including chiropractic care. According to the former talk show host, the results were positive. Williams claims that his pain is severe and unrelenting, yet with chiropractic care he says, “I am walking differently. My pain is less; I have already regained strength in my left leg. My left leg has dropped because I found out that my pelvis was tilted, it’s dropped back down, they are now the same length; it’s the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me.”
Several studies have shown that chiropractic care can benefit patients with MS. In one small study of 44 patients, chiropractic care was able to improve symptoms in 40 of the individuals. Chiropractic adjustments work to properly align the cervical spine, improving the functioning of the central nervous system which is compromised in patients with multiple sclerosis. This can result in a reduction in pain and may be able to control the progression of MS.
While there’s no question that multiple sclerosis is a serious disease, it is possible to lead a healthy life even after being diagnosed with MS. Exercise, proper diet, stress management and chiropractic care are all ways to improve the outlook for your disease. Even Williams agrees that this multifaceted approach to MS is the proper way to combat it. According to him, the best treatment for multiple sclerosis is snowboarding and staying active with the aid of chiropractic care. The physical benefits of which he says “last for days.”
If you’ve been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, talk to your chiropractic team about what you can do to stay healthy and active. Your chiropractor will be able to work with you on a care plan tailored to your individual needs that will keep you active and healthy for years to come.
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