Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system that varies from extremely mild to completely debilitating. Many experts believe that MS is an autoimmune disease which causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues.
This disease typically strikes individuals between the ages of 20 and 40, with vision difficulties being the typical first sign of MS. Afterward, muscle weakness typically affects all sufferers. This too can range from mild coordination problems to complete paralysis.
The Signs of MS
Early signs of multiple sclerosis include:
- Blurred vision in one or both eyes.
- Numbness and tingling in the arms, legs, fingers and face.
- Muscle spasms and joint pain in the back and legs.
- Excessive fatigue (80 percent of sufferers report this symptom).
- Dizziness and difficulty keeping balance; a feeling of lightheadedness.
- Bladder trouble; almost 80 percent of MS sufferers have difficulty with urination.
- Problems with memory, staying focused and paying attention.
- Major depression and/or mood swings.
- Hearing problems and slurred speech.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Uncontrollable shaking.
- Trouble getting a deep breath.
What Can Be Done
Unfortunately, there is no cure for MS at this time. However, many patients are able to control the progression of their symptoms with traditional and complementary healthcare treatments. There are many different medications on the market to relieve the symptoms of multiple sclerosis; additionally, there’s increasing evidence that chiropractic care can relieve some of the pain associated with this condition.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractic therapy is able to treat the joint and muscle pain that frequently accompanies MS. Small studies have shown that regular adjustments can lead to improvement in some patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The Safety of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is generally beneficial for all people, including patients who have MS. The most common side effect of chiropractic care is stiff muscles after a treatment, which generally goes away within a few hours.
Alternative Treatments for MS
Complementary and alternative medicine can be very beneficial to MS patients. Some that have been shown to be particularly effective include:
- Dietary treatments- While no diet has been shown to cure MS, many specialists suggest a low-fat, high-fiber diet may help alleviate symptoms.
- Yoga- Yoga is a wonderful treatment for MS patients, because it stretches the muscles while relaxing the mind. Most MS sufferers can incorporate some form of yoga into their lives.
- Acupuncture- Long considered to be a wacky Eastern treatment, studies have shown that acupuncture is much more beneficial than most of us realize.
- Massage- Massage can improve muscle tone and relieve the pain that comes along with multiple sclerosis.
If you’ve been diagnosed with MS, you may benefit from a variety of complementary treatment methods. Talk to your chiropractor today to find out just how chiropractic care and a lifestyle change can relieve some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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