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Alleviating Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis in Chattanooga, TN 

 November 11, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

Multiple Sclerosis, MS, Extreme tiredness, Dizzy, Dizziness, Weak, Fog, SclerosisMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a disorder of the central nervous system and is generally thought of as an autoimmune disorder since the body’s immune system attacks and destroys myelin, the protective coating of the nerves. This reduces the body’s ability to transport proper messages to and from the brain and body. Some common symptoms as a result of this are:

  • Partial or total loss of vision
  • Sensations of electric shock
  • Numbness or weakness in the limbs
  • Tremors
  • Speech that is slurred
  • Dizziness or vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • Migraines
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Autonomic dysfunction: This means that the autonomic nervous system that controls the involuntary things the body does is not working correctly, leading to problems with bladder control, digestion, and breathing. This affects up to 84% of MS patients.

Research is constantly being done to try to find a way to help those suffering from multiple sclerosis. Recently, the vagus nerve has been the target of such research. The vagus nerve is a cranial nerve that acts as a two-way messenger from the brain to the differing organs of the body. Anything that hinders this nerve from working properly can decrease vagal tone, in turn, causing a worsening of MS symptoms.

Helping Multiple Sclerosis Through Proper Spinal Alignment

The vagus nerve has a strong connection to the nervous system including the brainstem. It has the job of caring for the immune system and shutting down the proteins that lead the body to attack myelin. If the vagus nerve is not functioning at its best, it can lead to MS symptoms.

Dr. Erin Elster performed a case study that observed the progression of a patient with MS over a 4-month period of receiving upper cervical chiropractic care. The patient’s symptoms were all gone at the end of the 4 months. A follow-up MRI revealed that no new lesions had developed and that the original lesions had decreased.

By caring for any misalignments in the upper neck vertebrae, the vagus nerve can begin to function optimally once again, leading to a remission in MS symptoms. We use a gentle technique to realign the bones of the neck called Atlas Orthogonal. Our patients frequently report many benefits to overall health.

To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to http://www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area CALL 423-402-4602 to schedule a consultation

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Dr. Todd Osborne


Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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