This week Dr. Evans highlighted a study titled "Preliminary results after Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care in patients with chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS)." A link to the paper on the study is below.
The purpose of the study was to evaluate the impact of Upper Cervical Care on patients with CCSVI and MS by looking at clinical and x-ray results.
Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a neurological autoimmune disease that attacks the fat cells of the Central nervous system. This results in a loss of nerve function and body function.
Chronic Cerebrospinal venous insufficiency or CCSVI is a theory that was developed by an Italian doctor who posed that a deficiency in the venous outflow of blood from the skull and neck can actually cause a backup of fluid in the brain. He theorized that this causes a whole list of problems and the that answer was to put a stent in the Jugular vein to open the vein and allow for the blood to properly flow.
The study looked at 77 patients before and after receiving about 4 months of Upper Cervical Chiropractic care using x-rays and evaluation of clinical symptoms. What they found was a statistically significant clinical improvement following treatment.
This is a preliminary study and the results were very positive. It would seem that Upper Cervical Chiropractic care may be a conservative and non-invasive approach to balancing the fluid flow away from the brain, which in turn allows the central nervous system to function better.