Upper Cervical and Multiple Sclerosis - LIFE Enhanced
November 14, 2017
Two of my upper cervical colleagues Dr. Christopher Tabick DC hailing from Brooklyn, NY and Dr. Jessica Quintero-Villa DC from Connecticut have just published a case-study that is worth investigating.
The link is below, but I would like to decipher some jargon in order to convey exactly what was happening in a chiropractic and practical sense:
The article will be cited in bold, followed by my comments. Enjoy!
Improved Health Outcomes in a Multiple Sclerosis Patient Undergoing Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Report & Review of the Literature
This is a case study, meaning a documented course of care, not a clinical trial.
Objective: To report on positive health outcomes in a 39-year-old female diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) undergoing chiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxation.
Clinical Features: A 39-year-old wheelchair bound female presented with a 20-year history of MS. Multiple brain lesions on pre-MRI confirmed the diagnosis. The patient’s condition was previously managed medically with increasing disability noted. She had multiple motor and sensory deficits, pain, visual loss and inability to ambulate.
To ambulate means to walk or move about. Multiple sclerosis is a condition in which the Central Nervous System demyelinates.
Myelin is like insulation for the CNS. In MS, this insulation begins to degrade forming a type of scab known as plaques. When this process happens, communication from the brain and body is disrupted causing dys-coordination and diminished activity of nerve conduction and muscle activity.
Vertebral subluxation also causes a phenomena that disrupts mental impulses to the body as well as the feedback loop from the body. In turn, it seems logical that Upper Cervical Subluxation chiropractic could be helpful to such a nerve problem.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient was examined for vertebral subluxation and adjusted utilizing the toggle-recoil technique based on findings elicited from thermographic scans revealing pattern and X-rays revealing C2, C3 subluxation. The adjustments were given only at the C2 vertebral segment. The patient’s care plan was over 18-36 months. Post-MRI results revealed no active plaques in the brain. She experienced diminished MS symptomatology and functional improvement including the ability to ambulate.
The thermographic scans used here dictate whether or not the patient would need an adjustment or treatment for that day. When the body is stuck in a neurological pattern, as read by the thermal scans, then it does not have the same resilient strategies to cope with everyday stressors or managing normal activity.
By adjusting the upper cervical subluxation, pressure is relived from the brainstem allowing for dysafferentation to be improved, which is a state where the brain does not receive correct information from the body, to absolve and change.
This change is then read after the adjustment through thermogrophy, proving that the nervous system is adapting to new strategies and patterns.
The post-MRI shows that these scabs or plaques have healed due to better nerve activity as well as functional improvement.
Conclusions: The patient responded favorably to a course of vertebral subluxation-based chiropractic care. More research on chiropractic and MS is needed.
Since this is a case study, more research is needed to definitively say in science and scholarly circles that this treatment is undoubtedly effective.
Unfortunately, that is the problem with modern science. It discounts real life experiences and requires a 'gold standard' that is difficult to fund and ascertain, especially for something as specialized as Upper Cervical Care.
Hopefully, we can gather more cases to bring awareness for a possibility of care outside of drugs and surgery to give more people the care they need and more importantly, experience a higher expression of LIFE!
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