According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, multiple sclerosis (MS) affects 2.5 million people worldwide.
Fortunately, research reveals that chiropractic may offer MS sufferers relief from symptoms, and it may even help prevent the disease.
An insulating substance known as myelin protects nerve fibers in the brain and spine. MS — a progressive disease of the central nerve system — occurs when the myelin develops “holes,” leaving nerves exposed.
Without myelin, nerve impulses are short-circuited, resulting in lost movement and sensation. MS often affects nerve fibers in the spinal cord, consequently blocking impulses to and from the brain.
What causes the myelin to degenerate? According to Dr. Smith, it is widely believed that MS is an autoimmune disease. Simply put, the body’s defense system fails to recognize myelin as one of the “good guys” and launches an all-out attack. It is possible for this scenario to be prevented, however, even in people with a genetic predisposition for the development of MS.
To find out more about chiropractic and multiple sclerosis, pick up this week’s copy of the Optimal Health University at your next adjustment.