Those suffering from migraines may not be aware that there is a link between this
condition and multiple sclerosis (MS). It was first noted by Dr. R. Damadian, the inventor of the upright MRI. Using this machine, he observed that a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae (the upper cervical spine) could cause problems with cerebrospinal fluid drainage, among other things. These factors can cause the symptoms of migraines and potentially those seen with multiple sclerosis.
How Blood Flow Affects the Brain
Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is the abnormal flow of blood and fluids from the brain to the spinal cord. This is suspected to be the problem that is causing damage to the central nervous system in those with multiple sclerosis. This information was published in summer of 2009 by Dr. P. Zamboni of Italy. He noted his findings after examining 65 patients.
His research was aimed at trying to reverse CCSVI by utilizing endovascular surgery. This is performed by inserting a small balloon or stent into the blocked veins and opening them back up so that proper blood flow can get to and leave the brain. This research resulted in 90% of MS patients in the study seeing improvement or total remission.
Therefore, the question becomes, what causes CCVSI? A link has been found between it and a previous trauma to the head and neck. Thus, a misalignment of the upper spine could have been caused by car accidents, falls, sports injuries, or a serious blow to the head.
Hope for Migraine and Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers
This is not the end of the story for those who suffer from these conditions. Success has been seen in caring for patients with MS and migraines through upper cervical chiropractic. Once it is determined where a patient’s misalignment is located, a gentle adjustment is performed that allows the bones to move back where they belong. The body then begins healing the damage done and fluid flow can once again become regulated properly.