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Upper Cervical Chiropractic update

In May, I blogged about starting Upper Cervical chiropractic.  I diligently went religiously all summer long and into September.  Unfortunately, I have not gone since...mostly because I wasn't seeing any of the benefits many had said could be expected.

My xrays did show subluxations in my upper cervical area and I did experience some improvement in balance after treatment... but not anything to write home about.  It was a little disasppointing as I was hoping for some improvement with bladder function. 

I'm not ruling out going back for treatment sometime in the future, but I didn't really see a noticeable benefit...and I felt I gave it a good try (13 sessions)

Upper Cervical Chiropractic

If you haven't explored chiropractic care for your MS symptoms you may want to check out this link  http://www.news-medical.net/news/2004/09/10/4689.aspx. It is interesting, to say the least!
Tomorrow, I am going to see an upper cervical chiropractor for an initial consultation (which apparently lasts 1.5 hours and includes x-rays).  I will be very surprised if he doesn't find any subluxations in the upper cervical area as, having ridden (and fallen off) horses for a number of years, tumbled a$$ over tea-kettle skiing, and given myself whiplash on the water slides, I've not exactly been kind to my spinal area!
I have had chiropractic treatment before but have never had X-rays of the neck area or treatment in that area.  The idea that subluxations at the base of the spine where it meets the skull can cause a constriction in the nerves going along the spinal chord makes total sense to me.  I'm kicking myself that I didn't pursue this earlier, as some of the improvements…

It's Been Awhile!

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Wow, I either have been really busy or I just didn't feel like posting or I felt I didn't have anything important to say.  Hmmm...I think it's a bit of the last two combined.

An update on my health   I am really healthy...except for my MS symptoms.  My legs have been especially wonky with increasing numbness,spasticity, and (new for me!) pain...all other symptoms have been stable since I last blogged.  I've been taking gabapentin just before bed to help with spasms/pain, but that's it as far as medications go.  I refuse to take the stuff any other time as it makes me feel really spacy and I hate that feeling.

My current focus   I continue to have regular massage (every 2 weeks) and acupuncture (every 4 weeks) sessions.  Massage focuses on my legs and acupuncture focuses on the blood flow, specifically in my legs, as I struggle with cold feet.  I'm implementing a protocol proposed by an Australian naturopath (who has MS) Fiona Chin.  It's called You Can Beat M…