Let’s take a deeper look at Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune condition. Myelin is a type of fatty insulation that surrounds the nerves. Multiple Sclerosis causes myelin in the central nervous system to begin to degenerate. This, in turn, causes damage to the communication of the brain and the body and leads to the various symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Researchers are baffled as to the actual cause of this autoimmune disorder.
What Research Has Shown
Raymond Damadian is the inventor of the MRI. He conducted a study of eight patients suffering from multiple sclerosis. Seven out of the eight had previously had severe neck injuries. What did he find?
These patients began showing Multiple Sclerosis symptoms, such as migraines, numbness, vertigo, and tingling, up to eight years after they were injured. The MRIs revealed that each patient had an abnormal flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). This included blockages in the cervical spine canals. Leaks around the brain were attributed to intracranial pressure due to this abnormal flow of CSF. And, interestingly, it was shown that CSF contains tau, or antigenic, proteins that may actually cause the demyelination of axons that is seen in MS patients.
What Can Help?
Now we know that multiple sclerosis doesn’t just happen overnight. It can take up to eight years for symptoms to begin to appear after a neck injury. Therefore, it is important, right now, for you to seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor such as the doctors at Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic in Anchorage, Alaska. Since there seems to be a connection between Multiple Sclerosis and the health of the spine, neck, and brain, an upper cervical chiropractor can examine you for misalignments in your neck.
The top two vertebrae in the neck can cause some serious problems if they are misaligned. They can slow down the CSF flow and cause problems in relaying messages from brain to your body, resulting in symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. This is a very delicate relationship. However, it can be corrected by an upper cervical chiropractor who is specially trained in doing so. These chiropractors have specific tools and training that will help get your spine back in healthy working order and help you get back on track today.
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Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr. Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about Our Team.