Chiropractic care and MSIDS

Those suffering from MSIDS (multi systemic infectious disease syndrome – or Lyme with friends) quickly discover that successful treatment is holistic.  Killing pathogens is certainly an important arm of treatment, but so is detoxing those dead pathogens, as well as improving immune system function.

According to Frank M. Painter, D.C., studies demonstrate an accumulation of evidence that indicates spinal manipulation may influence the immune system‘s response to various stimuli and reduces production of pro-inflammatory mediators associated with tissue damage and pain.  Some studies also give evidence that manipulation may induce and enhance production of the immunoregulatory cytokine IL-2 as well as the production of immunoglobulins.  Other results show manipulative treatment may influence T and B lymphocyte numbers, NK cell numbers, antibody levels, phagocytic activity, and plasma beta endorphin levels.

Chiropractic care has been vilified since the 60’s with a “persistent tendency to suppress physicians from referring patients to chiropractors — so much so that Dr. Chester Wilk ended up filing an antitrust suit against the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1976.”  Wilk eventually won and in 1987, the court ruled that the AMA had engaged in an unlawful conspiracy in restraint of trade to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession.

According to chiropractors, chiropractic care is similar to seeing a dentist and needs to be done on a regular basis to maintain the health of your spine, because even regular activities can contribute to a less than optimal functioning.

One of the best ways to find a good wellness chiropractor is by word of mouth. You may also want to find out if he or she is trained in any other treatment modalities, such as muscle testing, applied kinesiology, or neuroemotional technique (NET). There are literally dozens of different techniques that can have a profound impact on addressing the bioenergetic component of disease, not just the structural.

Tips for Choosing a Wellness Chiropractor:
Meet the doctor. Many chiropractors will agree to a no-cost consultation to determine whether you are a good match. To make this visit as productive as possible, here are a few things to consider:
Does the practice focus on vertebral subluxation and wellness? Physical, biochemical, and psychological stress may result in spinal subluxations that disrupt nerve function and compromise your health.

Does the doctor “walk the talk”? If he or she is overweight, looks unhealthy, or does not live a healthy lifestyle, this speaks volumes regarding their commitment to wellness.
Do the two of you “click”? Do you like each other? Do you communicate well? Avoid a doctor who seems rushed, talks down to you, or seems disinterested in listening to your concerns.
Does the doctor use objective assessments of nerve function? Since your care is not based just on addressing pain, your chiropractor should be using some form of objective assessment of your nerve function, as spinal subluxations can sometimes be asymptomatic.  Non-invasive instruments that measure the electrical activity in your muscles, and/or a thermal scanner that evaluates the function of your autonomic nervous system can be used, for example.

What treatment techniques are used? Chiropractic techniques include low-force adjustments by hand, and more forceful adjustments using instruments. Ask which technique would be used on you, and if you have a preference, make sure the doctor is willing to use it.

On Saturday, April 9, from 2:30pm-4:45pm, Dr. Eileen Isom DC, CCST, Certified Spinal Trauma Specialist, of Madison Chiropractic, will be speaking at the Madison Lyme Support Group.  Dr. Isom uses NUCCA technique which is unique because it frees the nervous system of interference by using a precise, non-invasive, gentle touch technique.

The NUCCA technique brings several generations of clinical research to correcting the serious problem of the Atlas (the bone your head sets on) Subluxation Complex. By using precise and objective x-ray views of the head and neck, mathematical measurement and analysis are made of the misalignment.  There is no twisting, popping, or cracking with this gentle, yet effective procedure.

Some of the many symptoms that can be relieved by correction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex include but are not limited to:

Neck and back pain
Headaches and Migraines
Chronic pain or stress
Leg and arm numbness
Sinus and allergy problems
Herniated disc
Attention Deficit Disorder
Hormonal Imbalance
Athletic and auto injuries
Bed wetting
Cerebral Palsy
Multiple Sclerosis

Chiropractic care may be something you need to investigate further in your MSIDS journey as it can alleviate pain, help you structurally, as well as optimize your immune system.

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