As a coat protects a person from the elements, the Myelin Sheath protects the body's nerves. The special coating plays a role in nerve cell communication as well. When this sheath is damaged, serious issues can arise as the body deals with and reacts to the attacks. The result is usually diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Studies have been conducted to test different theories as to the cause of the degeneration of the Myelin sheath and other immune and systemic conditions that result. One Italian researcher proposed that insufficient blood flow could trigger a chain reaction leading to the nerve damage. Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency describes how inadequate drainage of blood in the central nervous system causes iron deposits to build. The iron, in turn, can trigger the immune system to turn on healthy cells. The attack on the Myelin sheath sets the course for MS.
Recently a study conducted on this very subject was able to show that vascular conditions that hinder flow can result in Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency. What can cause the vessels to distort or impede blood flow? The researchers pointed to a misalignment in the upper cervical area of the spine. Correcting this through calculated adjustments can relieve the vessels and allow flow to normalize.
Seeing an upper cervical chiropractor can aid in determining if there is a misalignment in the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Through careful measuring and gentle adjustment techniques, corrections can be made to stabilize these important supporting structures. This, in turn, allows the region and its housed vessels to heal. With adequate flow and drainage, damage to the nerves and immune system has the opportunity to repair. Managing MS can be difficult, but having key structures in place and aiding normal processes to function properly can play a major role in treatment.