Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that can range from relatively benign to somewhat disabling to devastating. Since communication between the brain and other parts of the body are disrupted the severity and type of MS can differ from person to person. Many researchers believe MS to be an autoimmune disease-one in which the body, through it’s immune system, begins a defensive attack against it own tissues. The nerve insulating myelin comes under assault in this case of MS. In the worst cases, MS can produce partial or complete paralysis. Most people with MS also exhibit paresthesias, transitory abnormal sensory feelings such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles" sensations. Some may also experience pain. Speech impediments, tremors, and dizziness are other frequent complaints. MS may be linked to unknown environmental hazards, a virus or other non determined causes.
- Blurred or double vision
- Thinking problems
- Clumsiness or a lack of coordination
- Loss of balance
- Weakness in an arm or leg
- While the cause of Multiple Sclerosis is still not known, it is believed that the interactions of several different factors may be involved including:
- Possible lack of vitamin D, research is beginning to show populations near the equator are less at risk.
- Growing research also indicates that smoking might play a role as well
- While MS is not hereditary, individuals with a close relative show an increased risk of developing the disease.
- Women are twice as likely as Men to develop MS
- Family History
- Certain auto-immune diseases may contribute to developing MS
- Muscle stiffness and spasms(hyper spastic)
- Paralysis, typically associated with the legs
- Problems with bladder, bowel or sexual function
- A variety of mental changes, depression, mood swings and forgetfulness
- Pressure soars coming from lack of mobility with lead to other complications
- Aspiration pneumonia, osteoporosis and urinary tract infections can occur
TREATMENT OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
We utilize the following approaches to help with the effects of MS
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restrictions, which can further decrease mobility and flexibility.
- Special exercise program to decrease pain, strengthen muscles, stabalize and help the patient return to normal function and activities.
- Specific instructions on how to speed up recovery time of affected areas
- Our Cold Laser Therapy treats inflammed tissue often associated with lack of movement and constricted fascia. The Cold Laser is used to decrease inflammation that causes pressure on the affected areas.
- Training in exercises and proper body movements to assist with the recovery process and progression in strength and balance to the affected areas.