Chiropractic Treatment & Multiple Sclerosis (MS)


Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is a progressive chronic disease that attacks the body’s nervous system. Patients experience symptoms like numbness in the arms and legs along with paralysis or blindness. The severity depends on the patient. The only thing that is standard across the board is the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment. 

Chiropractors provide patients with MS holistic and natural care for their symptoms. It’s a great way to reduce your discomfort without the use of heavy pharmaceuticals. If your quality of life is suffering, schedule an appointment with your local chiropractor today. 

What Is Multiple Sclerosis? 

As mentioned above, it’s a chronic autoimmune disease. The body’s immune system starts to destroy the tissue that protects and surrounds the nerves, known as myelin. This interferes with the communication between the spine and brain.

Here is a more in-depth list of the symptoms:

-Stiffness and muscle spasms

-Paralysis

-Memory loss

-Mood swings 

-Epilepsy

-Depression

 

Chiropractic Treatment and Multiple Sclerosis

MS leaves patients with debilitating symptoms that inhibit everyday life. Discomfort in the neck and head contributes greatly to uncomfortable MS symptoms. It’s why chiropractic treatment is the perfect solution. Nerve damage can move the pelvis and spine out of their allocated areas. Chiropractic or spinal manipulation realigns these areas, restoring balance to the entire body. Although this won’t cure MS, it certainly helps patients feel a lot better. 

Spinal manipulation is a catch-all term for combining exercise, massage, and therapeutic realignment of the joints. It helps relieve inflammation, reduce pressure, and increase nerve function. During a spinal adjustment, your chiropractor will use their hands to apply force to specific joints. This pushes joints back into place and relieves tension. It is a safe procedure that yields productive results. 

Improving Your Quality of Life

MS patients who undergo chiropractic treatment report having a higher quality of life. They report lower amounts of pain, along with having more energy and control over their body. Patients can become more active without the debilitating back pain looming over them. Many people with MS have recommended daily exercises to strengthen their bodies. Spinal adjustments give you more endurance and balance to do these activities. A healthier body also means a healthier mind. Chiropractic treatment gives you the enthusiasm and optimism to face any future challenges. 

Chiropractic Care Can Help

If you have MS and are struggling with everyday life, consider investing in chiropractic treatment. It is a holistic and natural way to reduce your symptoms while increasing your quality of life. Contact your local chiropractic office today. 

The Graston Technique


Chiropractors practice many different methods to treat soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue mobilization uses a hands-on technique, using massage motions on muscles and ligaments in order to break down adhesions. An adhesion is your body’s attempt to heal a soft tissue injury that results in long strands of collagenous scar tissue. The tissue is formed to heal your body, but its fibers grow in random directions and can pull against one another. This results in trigger points of pain and can limit the range of motion. The Graston Technique is an instrument-assisted method of soft tissue mobilization that has seen great results from treating scar tissue.

This treatment method was developed by an amateur athlete named David Graston. After a knee injury, he applied his background in machining to develop instruments to aid in soft tissue mobilization. There are six specialized tools varying sizes made of stainless steel. These instruments have concave and convex edges to help target certain areas and can be used everywhere from the back of the hands to the feet. Chiropractors use these tools on the surface of the skin in what resembles a raking motion. This helps detect and treat areas of fibrous tissue.

The Graston technique not only helps with scar tissue, but this therapy has proven to reduce the overall time of recovery from soft tissue injuries. Repeated treatments have even helped patients find relief from the effects of the following chronic conditions:

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Achilles Tendonitis


A full treatment session using the Graston technique involves a short warm-up exercise, followed by the treatment and some light stretching. A treatment with the Graston technique shouldn’t be painful. Patients have described minor discomfort during treatment, and slight soreness and bruising afterward. Stretching and icing after each treatment are recommended if discomfort continues. The number of treatment sessions will depend on the patient and condition, but the Graston technique is a safe, non-invasive treatment for scar tissue and various soft tissue injuries.

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