What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Imagine an electrical wire, the kind of wire that has hundreds of tiny wires bundled together by a plastic sheath called insulation. The insulation ensures that the electrical impulse gets to where it is supposed to go without interruption. What happens when the insulation is broken or missing at certain points? Short circuit! Sparks! This is similar to what happens with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
In Multiple Sclerosis the wire is the nerve. Nerves are made up of hundreds to thousands of smaller nerve fibers bundled in a sheath (insulation) called myelin. In simple terms, MS is the loss of the insulation surrounding the nerves. The result is a short circuit of your nervous system; a disruption of the nerve signal going to or from your brain. Let’s say you get a short circuit in the wiring in your house. What happens? The lights flicker or don’t work at all. Worse yet is the possibility that the “leaking” electricity or short circuit will start a fire. In the body the flickering or nonworking lights are similar to in-coordination or total loss of the control of certain movements, such as walking. The possibility of “fire” is comparable to the extreme stabbing and shooting pain that MS suffers can experience. We don’t know why but the body actually attacks its own nerve insulation and that is how the “short circuits” get there in the first place.
How Upper Cervical Care Relates to Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis has no obvious cause, although the medical literature suggests a commonality of past trauma or injury. The research further suggests that
a particular type of trauma, “mild concussive injury to the head, neck or upper back,” increases the risk of MS.
Upper cervical chiropractic care focuses on restoring normal function to the often trauma related head and neck injury. This reduces or eliminates the negative effects on the nervous system, which may reduce the severity at which the body attacks itself. While many sufferers recall specific traumas such as head injuries, auto accidents or falls, some do not. Only an upper cervical examination utilizing computerized infrared thermography and laser aligned radiography can determine whether or not upper cervical chiropractic care is right for you.