Multiple Sclerosis Management

According to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, it estimates that more than 400,000 people in the United States and about 2.5 million people around the world have MS. About 200 new cases are diagnosed each week in the United States.

Multiple sclerosis attacks the body’s immune system and eats away at the myelin sheath that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.  This sheath is a fatty white substance that helps to form an electrical insulation surrounding nerves in the brain and spinal cord. This determines the speed at which a nerve impulse can travel.  This is necessary for the proper functioning of the nervous system.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis include but is not limited to:

ü  Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs

ü  Loss of vision, this may be partial or complete

ü  Blurred or double vision

ü  Dizziness

ü  Fatigue

ü  Tingling Sensations

ü  Tremors

ü  Difficulty walking

Though this disease can be debilitating there are some things that will help make this disease slightly more manageable.

1. Avoiding inflammation causing foods can help.  Foods rich in fiber helps to reduce inflammation in the body. A few studies have found that people who eat diets high in fiber have lower C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in their blood. CRP is a marker of inflammation

2. Exercises like Yoga, Pilates, and stretching can be very beneficial.

3. Chiropractic. The goal of Chiropractic care is to restore normal function to the patient’s joints, focusing on the spine and nervous system. Chiropractic care is a natural fit for a patient who is looking for a way to reduce pain without extra medication. Although chiropractic care is not a cure for the disease, evidence suggests that it may be the most effective for easing spine related pain.  

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