Parkinson Disease and Multiple Sclerosis

Parkinson Disease:


Rigidity, muscle tremors, poor balance and other symptoms of brain disorder are part of Parkinson’s (PD). Medical treatments include drugs, brain surgery and brain stimulation that may temporarily control symptoms but neither stops nor reverses the progressive degeneration.[i]


Parkinson’s sufferers are turning to chiropractic. Seven years after a 53-year-old man was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease he had rigidity in his left leg, body tremor, slurring of speech and memory loss. The patient recalled 6 specific incidences of substantial trauma he experienced before the onset of the disorder. After 3 months’ chiropractic care an improvement of 43% was noted. He continued care with greater improvements in strength, energy and muscle and joint flexibility. Upper cervical chiropractic management of a Parkinson’s disease patient is recorded in a case report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.[ii]


In another study it was noticed that PD patients, “improve dramatically after one or two chiropractic adjustments.”[iii] After 10 Parkinson’s Diseases (PD) patients (age 47 to 76) were given three months’ chiropractic care; eight had dramatic improvements which included an increase in energy level and/or sleep and a decrease in spinal pain and/or rigidity.[iv]


Multiple Sclerosis:


Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a once rare condition has become the “polio” of the 21st century. It is presently the foremost disabling neurological disease in the United States and is increasing world-wide. MS sufferers report prior trauma to the head, neck or upper back and the development of MS. It is known that trauma affects the blood-brain barrier (BBB) which is known to be involved in the genesis of Multiple Sclerosis.[v]


Chiropractic and MS:


Chiropractors have often reported excellent results with MS patients. The following are a small sampling of studies:


  • A 47-year-old female first experienced MS symptoms at age 44. She developed cognitive problems and loss of bladder control and leg weakness. Paresthesias (burning, prickling, tingling or numbness sensations) in her arms and legs followed and worsened. The patient had a fall ten years’ prior which could have caused upper spinal damage (subluxation). After four months care all MS symptoms were absent. A follow-up MRI showed no new lesions as well as a reduction in intensity of the original lesions. At two years’ follow-up all MS symptoms remained absent. Elster, E L, Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (J Vertebral Subluxation Research) June2001, Vol. 4, No.2 Upper cervical chiropractic management of a multiple sclerosis patient: a case report


  • In one study of five MS patients, ages 33 to 55, all had experienced head or neck trauma prior to the onset of their symptoms. Not surprisingly, subluxations in the upper cervical spine were found in all five. The patients reported complete or near complete remission of MS symptoms under care.


  • Studies included a 46-year-old woman with memory and cognitive problems, frequent urination, loss of bladder control and painful tingling in arms and legs. After two months of chiropractic care her bladder control returned. Sensitivity and strength in her extremities returned to normal. By four months all MS symptoms disappeared. Elster, E L, Today’s Chiropractic Vol. 29 No. 6 November/December 2000 – Upper cervical protocol for five multiple sclerosis patients


Every MS or PD sufferer should visit a doctor of chiropractic to ensure their body is free from subluxations. It may make the difference between sickness and health and even between life and death.

[i] Schapira A H V, Olanow C W, Neuroprotection in Parkinson Disease. JAMA Jan 21, 2004 Vol. 291, No. 3 p. 358-364

[ii] Elster, E L. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics October 2000, Vol. 23 No. 8.

[iii] Parkinson’s Disease, Meniere’s Syndrome, Trigeminal Neuralgia and Bell’s Palsy: One Cause, One Correction.

[iv] Elster, E L, Today’s Chiropractic July/August 2000 pp. 36-48 – Upper cervical chiropractic management of 10 Parkinson’s Disease patients

[v] Poser C M Clin Neurol Neurosurg. The role of trauma in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis: a review. 96:103-110,1994


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