Treating Neurodegenerative Conditions with Cervical Chiropractic Care

There is a new study suggesting that upper cervical chiropractic care can aid in treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

According to JPND Research, “Neurodegenerative disease” is a term used to describe a range of conditions that affect the neurons in the human brain. Neurons are the building blocks of the nervous system – including the brain and spinal cord. They do not reproduce or replace themselves, so when they become damaged or die, the body does not replace them. To read more about these diseases, click here.

Some known examples of neurodegenerative diseases are Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases. There are no known cures for these conditions, but upper cervical chiropractic tactics can help to prevent progression of them.

Upper cervical care can also treat other conditions like Multiple Sclerosis (MS) or concussions.

Upper Cervical Care & Concussions

Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries. Concussions have many symptoms, such as:


  • Cognitive problems
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Neck or back back

Among many other symptoms. Some of these can be treated through upper cervical chiropractic care.

The adjustment of a misalignment in the upper cervical part of the spine can be beneficial towards those experiencing vertigo or headaches.

Upper Cervical Care & Parkinson’s Disease

According to MayoClinic, Parkinson’s disease is defined as a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, usually with a tremor, and commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.

In a study done in 2000, ten patients with Parkinson’s were treated with upper cervical treatment.  Eight of the ten patients’ symptoms improved significantly after being treated by a chiropractor.

Upper Cervical Care & Multiple Sclerosis

MayoClinic says that Multiple sclerosis is when “the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause the nerves themselves to deteriorate or become permanently damaged.”

According to Upper Cervical Care, a study published in 2005 showed that 100% of patients with MS had a history of upper cervical injuries.

Another case study suggested that a correction of upper neck injuries may reverse the progression of multiple sclerosis. The doctor treated these patients by adjusting their upper cervical misalignments. Five of the five MS patients admitted to having reversed or improved MS symptoms in no more than one year’s time.

If you or someone you know has past concussions, MS or Parkinson’s, please call my office. We can start improving your symptoms today!