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MS Chiropractic Care

Multiple sclerosis (also known as MS) is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. Symptoms of MS can range from mild numbness of the extremities to serious issues like blindness or paralysis. The symptoms can vary widely from one individual to another; while MS can be a moderate inconvenience to one person, it can be life changing to another. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help with the management of multiple sclerosis. Learn more about MS chiropractic care below.

What MS Chiropractic Care Can and Can’t Do:

MS symptoms are caused by a neurological loss and there’s nothing a chiropractor can do to reverse that. Although chiropractic therapy is not a cure for the disease, evidence suggests that it may be the most effective for easing lower back pain. Therefore, any patient experiencing lower back pain may be referred to a chiropractor. Although this form of therapy may provide relief for lower back pain, it will not alter nor slow the course of the disease.

What chiropractic therapy can do is help with the problems associated with MS. By restoring the natural curvature of the spine, it can reduce the stress on the nervous system and body. MS chiropractic care can also help alleviate aches and pains caused by the disease. For instance, if MS causes foot drop, the altered gait can cause back and hip pain. Getting a chiropractic adjustment may help relieve that pain while you work with other practitioners to find the best treatment for your foot drop.

Are There Any Possible Side Effects or Risks with MS Chiropractic Care?

The most common side effects of MS chiropractic care are muscle aches, fatigue and headaches. Rare side effects include the risk of stroke due to neck manipulation, bone fractures and disk injuries, and damage to the nerves in the lower spine. Chiropractic therapy isn’t safe for everyone, so any patient with spinal-bone fractures, dislocations, spine trauma, severe disk herniations, osteoporosis, arthritis, or diabetes, and anyone that’s taking blood thinners should avoid this form of therapy.

If you’d like to learn more about what MS chiropractic care can do to help you manage the disease, contact us today.

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