Dr. Robert Sierszulski
Dr. Robert Sierszulski is a graduate of the Logan College of Chiropractic near St. Louis, MO. Dr. Robert is certified in Active Release Technique of the spine and practices various chiropractic techniques including: Reinert-Specific Diversified, National Diversified, Thompson Drop, Cox Flexion-Distraction, Activator, and Logan Basic.
Dr. Robert of ChiroSolutions utilizes a very comprehensive approach to his patients encompassing various aspects of patient care including: chiropractic adjusting, physical therapy, massage therapy, and physiotherapy.
I would like to take some time out to talk to you about multiple sclerosis.
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an inflammatory disorder where the myelin sheath, which is the covering around nerves in the brain and spinal cord, are damaged.
The myelin sheath is very important because it helps with nerve conduction. This works similar to why electrical cords are wrapped in flexible plastic, which is to help house the electrical signal so it does not dissipate before reaching its intended source. This damage, or plaqueing, disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate resulting in symptoms that are determined by where the lesion exists.
Some of the symptoms of MS may include loss of sensitivity or changes in sensation such as paresthesia, which is the feeling of pins and needles, or tingling, muscle weakness, pronounced reflexes, muscle spasms, difficulty in moving such as difficulty with coordination and balance, problems with speech or swallowing, bladder or bowel difficulties, feeling tired, and acute or chronic pain. Other symptoms may include visual problems such as nystagmus, which is involuntary jotting of the eye, optic neuritis, which is an inflammation of the nerve that gives you sight, and double vision.
There are currently about 2-2.5 million people around the world that are affected by MS with disease onset usually occurring between ages 20 and 50 and this is twice as common in women as in men. Unfortunately, there is no cure for MS and even the cause for this disease is unclear, however, the underlying mechanism is thought to be destruction of myelin by the body's own immune system or failure of myelin-producing cells. MS is not considered a hereditary disease, however, some genetic factors have identified a higher risk in family members and some genes have been linked to MS.
Diagnosis of MS is made off of many factors including presenting signs and symptoms in combination with radiographic imaging and laboratory diagnosis. Lesions found in the brain and/or spinal cord are characteristic of MS. Lab analysis of cerebrospinal fluid may also be helpful in diagnosis.
Even though there is no cure, Chiropractic treatment may be helpful. In clinical practice, I have seen several cases of MS, most of who have come in for treatment predominantly for pain. These patients have all mentioned that they have occasional "bad days" or episodes in which they are in worse pain than usual or have great difficulty functioning at work. Some of these patients have mentioned that these bad days are triggered by stress or bad weather.
Treating these patients with MS has had a positive effect on their health and they have had fewer instances of these bad days. In all of these cases of my MS patients, Chiropractic treatment was combined with Massage Therapy and the results have been excellent. These patients were in less pain and had less spontaneous relapses of symptoms. Those patients who did not come in routinely as prescribed by their treatment plan frequencies felt more pain and mental as well as physical fatigue than those who did.
Chiropractic adjusting helps to boost your immune system and helps spinal alignment as well as increases proper joint mobility, so it is no wonder my patients with MS respond well to treatment. If you yourself have been diagnosed with MS or know someone who is, please consider mentioning Chiropractic care as an effective treatment option.
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