Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease which affects the central nervous system. While the symptoms can vary greatly between MS patients, they generally range from mild numbness in the extremities to widespread extreme pain and other serious issues such as paralysis.
MS symptoms are from a thus far non-reversible neurologic deficits and damage. However, natural treatment options, such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage and physical therapy have been used for decades by MS patients looking for help managing their painful symptoms.
Chiropractic care may help:
- Manage problems associated with MS (ex: Foot drop, which may negatively affect spinal and pelvis alignment).
- Muscle functioning with better alignment, which helps enable MS patients to perform physical therapy or recommended exercises.
- Reduce stress and inflammation of the nervous system.
- MS patients feel less fatigued, improve endurance and in more control of body movements.
In general, chiropractic helps improve nervous system functioning, thereby allowing the body to heal and self-regulate.
If you have MS and are considering chiropractic care, it’s recommended that your chiropractor work with your specialist. Please find on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website, the potential risks and side effects of chiropractic care.