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Chiropractic Research Results for Multiple Sclerosis

Chiropractic Care Amongst People With Multiple Sclerosis: A Survey of MS
Therapy Centres in the UK

Clinical Chiropractic 2009 (Mar);   12 (1):   23–27 ~ FULL TEXT

Many of the musculoskeletal symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) can be managed with physical therapy. Chiropractors are well placed to deliver this, but the extent of their involvement in the team management of multiple sclerosis in the UK is unknown. The present study investigates the level of awareness and use of chiropractic by people with MS in the UK.

Chiropractic Management of Musculoskeletal Pain
in the Multiple Sclerosis Patient

Clinical Chiropractic 2005 (Jun);   8 (2):   57–65

Chiropractic care has been successfully integrated into a chronic care facility which is affiliated with a private university medical school. Chiropractic has been utilized in this setting for pain management of MS patients suffering from chronic pain syndromes. Preliminary findings from this clinic suggest that chiropractic may represent one treatment alternative for chronic pain in MS patients in a long-term care facility. Further studies will be needed to definitively determine the efficacy of chiropractic for the management of chronic pain in the MS patient.

Eighty-One Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease Undergoing
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxation:
A Retrospective Analysis

J Vertebral Subluxation Research 2004 (Aug):   1–9

A causal link between trauma-induced upper cervical injury and disease onset for both MS and PD appears to exist. Correcting the injury to the upper cervical spine through the use of IUCCA protocol may arrest and reverse the progression of both MS and PD. Further study in a controlled, experimental environment with a larger sample size is recommended.

Use of Unconventional Therapies by Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis
           Clin Rehabil 2003 (Mar);   17 (2):   181–191

           More than half of the responding sample (57.1%) had used at least one CAM modality. The longer that people had MS and the less satisfied they were with conventional health care the more likely they were to use CAM therapies. The most common reasons for using CAMs were the desire to use holistic health care (i.e., treatments that recognized the interrelatedness of mind, body and spirit) and dissatisfaction with conventional medicine. Ingested herbs were the most frequently used CAM modalities (26.6%), followed by chiropractic manipulation (25.3%), massage (23.3%) and acupuncture (19.9%).

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Management of a Multiple Sclerosis Patient:
A Case Report

J Vertebral Subluxation Research 2001 (May);   4 (2):   22-30

After four months of upper cervical chiropractic care, all Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms were absent. A follow-up MRI showed no new lesions as well as a reduction in intensity of the original lesions. After a year passed in which the patient remained asymptomatic, another follow-up MRI was performed. Once again, the MRI showed no new lesions and a continued reduction in intensity of the original lesions. Two years after upper cervical chiropractic care began, all MS symptoms remained absent.

   Upper Cervical Protocol For Five Multiple Sclerosis Patients
           Todays Chiropractic 2000 (Nov);   29 (6) ~ FULL TEXT

           All five patients recalled experiencing head or neck trauma(s) prior to the onset of multiple sclerosis symptoms. In all five cases, evidence of upper cervical injury was found using paraspinal digital infrared imaging and upper cervical radiographs. According to the results of each of the five patients discussed in this report, it seems correction of the upper cervical injury not only stopped but also reversed the pathological processes involved in MS. However, few conclusions can be drawn from a small number of cases. Therefore, further research is recommended to study the link between trauma, the upper cervical spine and neurological disease.

Clinical Presentation of a Patient with Multiple Sclerosis and Response
to Manual Chiropractic Adjustive Therapies

J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1993 (Nov);   16 (9):   595–600

Manual adjustive therapies appear to be responsible for the dramatic symptomatic relief provided for a patient diagnosed with MS. The relative risk-to-benefit ratio suggests that this approach may be appropriate as an alternative symptom management approach for MS patients, and future research efforts can and should direct the comprehensive management approach to the treatment of this disorder.


Other Management Approaches for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis, An Autoimmune Inflammatory Disease:
Prospects for its Integrative Management

Alternative Medicine Review 2001 (Dec);   6 (6):   540–566 ~ FULL TEXT

No pharmaceutical or other therapies exist that confer prolonged remission on MS, and obvious interrelationships between toxic, infectious, and dietary factors make a persuasive case for integrative management. The time-proven MS diet meticulously keeps saturated fats low, includes three fish meals per week, and eliminates allergenic foods. Dietary supplementation for MS minimally requires potent vitamin supplementation, along with the thiol antioxidants, the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, and adaptogenic phytonutrients. Gut malabsorption and dysbiosis can be corrected using digestive enzymes and probiotics. You may review other articles about the nutritional treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

   Cerebrospinal Fluid Protein Changes in Multiple Sclerosis
After Dental Amalgam Removal

Alternative Medicine Review 1998 (Aug);   3 (4):   295-300 ~ FULL TEXT

A relationship between multiple sclerosis (MS) and dental silver-mercury fillings has been suggested by some investigators, but never proven. This study documents objective biochemical changes following the removal of these fillings along with other dental materials, utilizing a new health care model of multidisciplinary planning and treatment. The dramatic changes in photolabeling of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) proteins following these dental interventions suggest CSF photolabeling may serve as an objective biomarker for monitoring MS. The clear-cut character of these changes should also encourage more research to better define this possible association between dental mercury and MS.

Transdermal Histamine in Multiple Sclerosis Series

   Part I:   Clinical Experience
       Alternative Medicine Review 1999 (Dec);   4 (6):   424–428 ~ FULL TEXT

Histamine has a long history of therapeutic use in many diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS). Recently, transdermal histamine has been successfully employed for the amelioration of symptoms of both relapsing-remitting and progressive multiple sclerosis. This paper summarizes preliminary experiences with transdermal histamine for MS at the Tahoma Clinic: 67 percent of 55 patients using histamine transdermal cream had improvements in one or more areas, including extremity strength, balance, bladder control, fatigue, activities of daily living, and cognitive functioning, sustained for periods of up to three months.

   Part II:   A Proposed Theoretical Basis for Its Use
       Alternative Medicine Review 2000 (Jun);   5 (3):   224–248 ~ FULL TEXT

This paper discusses how impairment of histamine synthesis might lead to symptoms of MS, and conversely how exogenously administered histamine might alleviate symptoms. Various mechanisms of action are suggested, including: enhanced gastric acid and pancreatic enzyme secretion, augmentation of subnormal cerebral tissue levels of histamine, improved electrical function of demyelinated fibers, increased cerebral blood flow, suppression of aberrant autoimmune responses, and stimulation of remyelination. We also discuss the observed failure of digestive function in MS and point out that pathological changes which parallel CNS findings have been found in the enteric nervous system (ENS) of patients with Parkinson's disease. Similar parallels might exist between the CNS and ENS in multiple sclerosis.

Nutritional Rx for Multiple Sclerosis
           Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter™

           Matt Embry was 18 years old when he began having problems with balance and severe leg twitches. A magnetic resonance imaging scan revealed a dozen scab-like lesions in his brain and spinal column. Like Lynn, Matt was diagnosed with MS - but he chose a different path. He decided to eat simple, natural foods and avoided all junk foods, including dairy products and gluten-containing grains (e.g. wheat). He also started taking hefty doses of vitamin supplements and underwent acupuncture treatments. Today, Matt is symptom free and works as a producer at a Canadian television station.


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