Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis impacts 1 out of 1,000 individuals in the United States.  Among those diagnosed it is a major cause of disability in adulthood.  It is primarily divided into relapsing and progressive, but the majority of relapsing patients will ultimately progress to the progressive type.  Motor, sensory, and cognitive symptoms can greatly influence emotions.  Uncontrolled emotions will not only impact symptoms, but can lead to challenges with family, friends, socially, and work.  

Beyond that, Multiple Sclerosis is a major source of frustration due to poorly understood onset, lack of effective treatment options, and side effects of medications.  The diagnosis is based off MRI and clinical presentation with no definitive lab test considered essential.  

Below are common symptoms that may be present, but this is not a comprehensive list as you may have other symptoms not listed.

Multiple Sclerosis: A Multi-Factorial Process

What exactly is Multiple Sclerosis?  Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system.  The immune system becomes confused and attacks myelin, which is the covering of nerves and axons that allows for faster communication.  Another way to think about this is a highway.  Imagine there is road work that has dropped the speed limit 20 mph.  This will prevent you from getting to your destination on time and getting your tasks completed.  The same thing happens within the brain and the spinal cord, which is why the symptoms are seen.

As mentioned earlier, there is no definitive trigger for the development of Multiple Sclerosis.  We are going to evaluate factors that can influence progression, symptoms, and flare-ups.  The following will be considered: vitamin D, gut health, and exercise.
Vitamin D is being researched with a focus on how levels influence symptoms and markers of inflammation.  Vitamin D plays a major role in the immune system.  In fact, it helps regulate the balance between an active and passive response.  It is critical that the immune system responds appropriately, for example if you are sick you want to create an active response to fight the infection but after the infection is gone you want the immune system to return to neutral.  Research is showing decreased vitamin D levels compared to healthy subjects, as well as levels correlating with chances of relapsing and inflammatory markers.       
Gut health is quickly becoming one of the most researched topics.  A healthy gut is becoming considered essential to have a healthy brain.  This is even more true for any autoimmune or inflammatory processes in the brain.  Our gut health is impacted by various factors, but three of the most common are diet, stress, and antibiotics.  Diet plays a major role in having the right diversity of bacteria which are necessary to perform essential functions as well have a health immune response.  Stress and antibiotics can lead to inflammatory responses long term predisposing to altered immune function.

Exercise is not only important for our cardiovascular and pulmonary health, but is critical in brain health.  Physical exercise actually results in production of new neurons in the hippocampus, increased growth factors, and reduces inflammation.  All of these allow for increased connectivity to occur, remember the ability to connect appropriately is what occurs in Multiple Sclerosis.  Beyond physical exercise, cognitive exercises designed to go after the area of weakness have the ability to increase connectivity in those areas.

How Revive Can Help

Just as Multiple Sclerosis has multiple factors that act together to result in the process, we utilize a comprehensive approach.  We do not use any one therapy in isolation: diet, exercise, supplements, or stress reduction.  Nor do we utilize one treatment protocol as each patient is different and has different processes impacting their symptoms.  Instead we perform a comprehensive physical, history, and diagnostic work up to identify the need for interventions.

We understand a variety of factors play a role in your symptoms and these are assessed during the history, physical and diagnostics: infections, vitamin D status, inflammatory markers, diet, food sensitivities, lifestyle, stressors, concurrent autoimmunity, gut health, balance, coordination, visual tracking, and current function of different regions of the brain.

The following interventions are commonly used while being tailored to your unique findings:

  • Eve Movements (Tracking, Focusing, and Shifting of Focus)
  • Balance Training
  • rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Sensory Stimulation
  • Diet
  • Supplementation
  • Stress Reduction Techniques
  • Hand Eye-Coordination with Multi-Tasking

Our Unique Process for Your Unique Situation

We have created a unique process that is built to maximize time and results.  To reach your personal healthcare goals, it is imperative that your physicians and care providers precisely know your individual story and needs.  Your individual goals are the focal point of the comprehensive treatment plan which is based off your exam, diagnostics, and lab results.  Your treatment plan is designed specifically for you and is not a protocol.

This plan is executed over 10 days.  Many patients see measurable improvement over the time in our office.  When you leave, we create a plan to help you continue on your journey.  Our goal is to see each patient continue to build upon the initial results they achieved in office.  

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