Receiving word that your child has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis can be devastating. Parents naturally want what is best for their young ones, especially in the way of health and happiness. Multiple sclerosis is a condition that can be challenging and life altering. What is MS? What can be done to help treat the condition?
Each nerve cell has a protective coating called the myelin sheath. For individuals with MS, this sheath is damaged. Nerve cells play an integral part in the communication between the central nervous system and the rest of the body. Damage to these cells slows down or stops normal communication. How do these cells become damaged?
An autoimmune reaction is normally blamed for the attacks to the myelin sheath. As far as what triggers this type of response in the first place, there are a few ideas. One theory, in particular, has been getting more attention due to research results. It centers on what is known as chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency or CCSVI. CCSVI is obstructed venous flow, particularly as it pertains to the draining of the brain and spinal cord. The condition correlates closely to MS. The structural issues within the vascular network can create a host of issues. Research is pointing to multiple sclerosis as one of them.
Links between the uppermost vertebrae in the neck and MS continue to be found. One study published noted that 100% of the participants with MS had a history of an injury resulting in the misalignment of the upper cervical vertebrae. Another more recent study showed the dramatic benefits that realigning these vertebrae had on the disease. In one case study, the reversal of MS symptoms was documented. These findings highlight the close link between upper neck alignment and the debilitating neurological effects of MS.
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What is NUCCA
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) is an organization of Doctors of Chiropractic dedicated to patient care, education and research.
Spinal health care using the NUCCA procedures focuses on detecting and correcting a small misalignment in the upper neck area. Gentle, non-invasive adjustments don’t require any turning, twisting or popping.
Your upper cervical spine (neck) area influences all areas of your body. Injury or chronic misalignments can cause headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, weakness and more.
The NUCCA technique is currently offered by less than 1% of all the Doctors of Chiropractic.
Before the NUCCA procedure can be performed, I will sit down with you and discuss your history and symptoms. If I determine that NUCCA can help, a thorough examination and x-rays will be done. A complete report of your findings and treatment options will be discussed.
Precision x-rays are taken of the spine before any treatment begins. The adjustment is performed with the patient lying on their side and the doctor applying a very light pressure behind the earlobe. A full demonstration can be seen on the video above.
The NUCCA procedure can be summed up with 5 major distinctions as compared to traditional Chiropractic:
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