Young adults, ages 20 – 40, are mainly affected by the condition called multiple sclerosis. Since 1991, it has increased by 50%. It tends to afflict women twice as much as men. It is debilitating and does damage to the body. Many seek to find relief but are disappointed by the options available.
When a person is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, this means that damage is being done to the brain and central nervous system. Multiple sclerosis works on normal brain tissue and the layer of fatty insulation around the nerves and turns this into scar tissue. Some specialists feel it is autoimmune in origin. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis include the following:
- Feeling weak
- Extreme tiredness
- Brain fog (problems with mental function)
- Disturbances in vision
Some recent research has revealed a link between multiple sclerosis and vitamin D. It seems that patients with low levels of vitamin D are more susceptible to getting multiple sclerosis. It appears that some people naturally have lower vitamin D levels due to genetics, while others are just not getting enough sun to produce vitamin D. While vitamin D serves a vital role in many functions of the body, one important role is played by boosting the immune system. Increasing vitamin D may help alleviate some multiple sclerosis symptoms naturally. However, vitamin D is not a cure for the disease. There are other natural alternatives available, and many are seeking these out.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Once such source of help comes from upper cervical chiropractic care. We focus on making sure the top bone of the vertebrae, also called the atlas, is in the proper position. The atlas bone is vital to the function of the brain and nervous system. If a misalignment is found here, communication throughout the body is disrupted. Oxygen flow to the brain is hindered and this causes the body to have a reaction similar to multiple sclerosis. Research has revealed that patients seeking out the care of an upper cervical chiropractor have seen huge improvements in symptoms, and many have had remissions of multiple sclerosis for longer periods of time.
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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at http://www.bayareanuccacare.com/