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What causes Multiple Sclerosis?  Although it is obviously a multi-factorial condition one continuing connection has been investigated for nearly a century.  The link between head and neck trauma and multiple sclerosis.  Dr. Dan Murphy who is one of the preminent researchers in the field of whiplash has looked into the connection between MS and Whiplash…here are his findings… 


(1) Whiplash and other spinal trauma can initiate MS signs and symptoms in asymptomatic, perfectly healthy individuals. 

(2) Of those with MS, 25% have asymptomatic “silent” MS. 

(3) Whiplash and other trauma can adversely affect the course of benign MS. 

(4) The initiation of MS symptoms following trauma may manifest within hours, peak within days to weeks, and is rare after 3 months. 

(5) Breakdown in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is an essential event in the development of MS. 

(6) Breaching of the BBB results in a pro-inflammatory cytokines immune system response. Consequently, I suggest that a logical aspect of management is chiropractic nerve function improvement (segmental, systemic, and postural chiropractic subluxation management), and the anti-inflammatory diet (more omega-3s with antioxidants and fewer excitotoxins, trans fatty acids, omega-6s, and saturated fats). 

(7) The whiplash trauma involved may be minor. 

Other authors note: 

1. “Direct impact to the head is not necessary for brain injury; whiplash injuries can also cause brain damage.” 

2. “The degree of associated bone and soft tissue injury has no bearing on the extent of the spinal cord injury or neurologic deficit.”  The fact that CNS trauma affects the deep cerebral white matter has also been demonstrated by MRI, even in patients who had experienced mild head injuries. Such white matter changes indicate alteration of the BBB.  Research on monkeys has shown that a blow to the occipital area altered the BBB in the medulla and in the cervical spinal cord.  

3. “Although there are many potential reasons for the BBB break, a simple model of traumatic damage could account for the commoner sites of lesions being in the highly mobile optic nerve and cervical cord, especially when tethered by the dentate ligaments. 

4. Any mechanism which physically destroys the components of the BBB will render the CNS open to the cellular and molecular constituents of the blood. This causes inflammatory participants to be rapidly delivered to the site of injury in a gross, nonspecific fashion. 

In another article the authors stated “We report here 39 cases in which definite multiple sclerosis (MS) was precipitated or exacerbated by specific hyperextension-hyperflexion cervical cord trauma.  Our data suggests that central nervous system (CNS) — specific acute physical trauma such as cervical cord hyperextension-hyperflexion injury (whiplash) may aggravate latent clinical symptoms in MS.”  These authors documented 39 patients who developed symptomatic MS or in whom a stable disease with minimal disability was converted to a rapidly progressive form within some days to weeks after an acute hyperextension-hyperflexion injury to the cervical spinal cord (whiplash type injury).  The authors cited 9 studies (1946, 1950, 1957, 1964, 1966, 1975, 1975, 1988, 1991, 1992) that support that specific CNS trauma may precipitate or aggravate MS.  They also stated “The cervical region is the commonest site of spinal cord involvement in MS and spinal cord atrophy provides the best correlate of the degree of disability. Thus, it would only seem logical that rapid progression of disability was a direct consequence of the cervical cord disease in our cases.” 

With still much to be determined between the connection between the Blood Brain Barrier, Chronic cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency and MS (see our other posts on MS for more details on CCSVI), the connection between trauma and MS remains an important one.  Can trauma to the head and neck create a structural problem that leads to CCSVI?  That is the question.  But wouldn’t it make sense to at least get your upper head and neck evaluated by a trained doctor who corrects structural problems in the upper neck?  Before doing a surgery trace back to the original cause…the head and neck injury and undo the damage that has been done with upper cervical care. 

Go to www.upcspine.com for a doctor in your area or if you are in the San Diego County area go to www.nuccawellness.com 
Dr. William R. Davis Jr., D.C. is a Oceanside Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist. He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Vista. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.nuccawellness.com


Acute cervical hyperextension-hyperflexion injury mayprecipitate and/or exacerbate symptomatic multiple sclerosis 

Eur J Neurol 2001 Nov;8(6):659-64. Chaudhuri A, Behan PO 

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NUCCA Evaluation

If after an examination it is determined that the patient is demonstrating significant body imbalances such as head tilting to one side, one shoulder being lower than the other, one hip being lower than the other, rotation in the pelvis etc. then the NUCCA Doctor will take extremely precise x-rays of the head and neck to determine the severity and type of the spinal misalignment.  The Doctor will then analyze the x-rays and determine a specific upper cervical correction formula that will work to bring your spine back into alignment.  After the first upper cervical correction the Doctor will take two post x-rays to determine the response of the body to the initial correction.  After that initial adjustment the doctor will be able to estimate number of corrections needed and the length of time necessary for the spine to be stabilized. 

 Self Assessment

To see if you possibly would be a good candidate for NUCCA Spinal Care you can start by asking yourself a few questions and doing a few simple tests:

  • Did your particular health condition begin following a trauma to your head, neck or spine?  Have you ever had a concussion, lost consciousness due to head trauma etc. Think back throughout your life to any traumas you may have suffered even if you think they were insignificant such as a minor auto accident (fender bender).  At low speeds most of the impact goes into your body and not your car.

o   Frequently body imbalance precedes pain and sickness…so even if your accident, fall, sports injury, or other trauma occurred years prior it may be related to your current health condition.

  • When you look in the mirror close your eyes and turn your head to the left then back to the center.  Then to the right and back to the center.  Then open your eyes…and look at your head position.  Does your head tilt to one side or the other?  Is one of your shoulders lower than the other?
  • Now close your eyes again and feel if more of your weight is distributed to one foot then the other?

o   These are signs of body imbalance and you should be further evaluated for head/neck misalignment

Upper cervical corrective health care is the missing ingredient for so many people.  Our bodies are designed to be balanced beginning with our head and neck.  Without a properly balanced body all the exercise, nutrition, stress management will be lacking an extremely important ingredient…a properly functioning nervous system.  The nervous system controls every cell in our body.  The brain, brain stem, spinal cord, and nerves that go throughout our bodies work like an intricate network communicating health and healing messages to the body.  If the spinal column is not properly aligned then those messages from the brain will be interfered with.  If the message is going to your heart…the heart will not function as well, if the nerve message controls the stomach and it is interfered with the stomach will not work the way it is designed.  Nerve interference is a very serious and detrimental consequence of body imbalance.  Evaluate your own head/neck alignment or get checked by a NUCCA Doctor as soon as possible. 

Don’t wait another day!  It could make all the difference for you and your future!

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