Using Chiropractic Medicine to Help Heal Multiple Sclerosis

Last updated date: 03:39:21 15-05-2016
Dr. Thomas Dandrea
Name: Joan Hamilton Length of Time with Disease:   24 years
Age Cured:  55  -   Gender:  Female Length of Time in Remission:   16 years
Country Healed in:  United States, New Jersey Primary Therapy Used in Healing: Chiropractic Medicine
Disease: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Healing Practitioner:  Dr. Thomas Dandrea
Areas Affected:  Primarily right side. Progressed to wheel chair Cure Scale :  Still have some symptoms of the diease on ocasion

 Synopsis: A chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through manual adjustment and/or manipulation of the spine. Can Chiropractic Medicine help with Multiple Sclerosis, an autoimmune disease? At first glance one would not suspect so. We generally go to the Chiropractor when we are experiencing pain in our backs, shoulders and hips.

Dr. Dandrea, from Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, explains in the following Cure Chronicle that because Multiple Sclerosis is a disorder of the nervous system and chiropractic care addresses problems with the nervous system that Chiropractic care can help facilitate communication from an individual’s brain to the rest of their body.

1)    How is Joan now? Is she in complete remission (able to function normally – without wheelchair, use of right side) or does she still have some symptoms of the disease?

2)    If in remission how long has she been in remission? Can you walk us through her progress?

Joan was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) over twenty years ago. She had previously suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome as well as fibromyalgia before this diagnosis. For the first eight years of living with MS, the symptoms of the condition affected her sporadically before she began to deteriorate rapidly. Eventually, she was unable to use her right arm or leg and she was experiencing weakness. She initially required a cane for walking, progressed to a walker, and ultimately required the use of a wheelchair.

Joan’s health and way of life was seriously compromised. She had extreme difficulty in taking care of the basic needs of herself, her house, and even her children. It shows the determination of this remarkable woman that she was able to accomplish as much as she did—including resorting to driving illegally (using her cane to press the gas pedal) in order to complete her necessary errands. While she is grateful to have been able to attend all of her children’s functions—games, plays, graduations—she was confined to a wheelchair during that important time.

Joan’s initial approach to her illness was to use traditional medical care. Most medical doctors treat MS as symptoms appear; that is, they treat the symptoms—not the disorder itself—with powerful drugs. Such drugs have serious side effects and, in Joan’s case, worsened her condition.

It was time for something to change. Joan began a search for new solutions. She read in the newspaper about Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation’s ‘team of practitioners’ and became more educated on the various methods of care that she had not yet explored and which our office provided—in particular, chiropractic care.

I work directly with Joan, and have done so for over 12 years. The first three months of treatment were rough on her; she did not respond immediately. But, she was fully committed to the process and visited our office consistently. After this first three months, she slowly began to feel better and regain functioning. By ensuring the health of her nervous system through chiropractic care, Joan began to walk again. As she puts it, she began to ‘feel her feet respond.’

This was just the beginning of her life-changing journey. Not only has Joan been able to walk on her own for some time now, she is even able to participate in activities such as biking and cross-country skiing. She can take care of herself, her home, and finds time to volunteer her services to the community every day. She attributes these positive changes to using chiropractic care and eating properly.  

3)    You helped heal Joan Hamilton of Multiple Sclerosis. How did you do it?

4)    Do you have any theories on the underlying cause of MS? I ask because you were successful with xx using chiropractic medicine where as other people who have successfully healed themselves of the disease were able to do so by removing metal toxins from their body (Chelation Therapy, removal of mercury dental amalgams), others through the introduction of parasites to their bodies (helminthic therapy), and still others through the removal of a lump in their throats (CCSVI or Liberation Treatment).

We know that chiropractic care works by locating and eradicating intrusions in the nervous system. Such intrusions are caused by misalignments of the spine (known as subluxations). There are a number of reasons the spine may be misaligned, including poor posture over time or from some type of trauma.

Chiropractic care is particularly relevant in the treatment of Multiple sclerosis because MS is a disorder of the nervous system. This condition is based on demyelination, or damage to the myelin sheaths that protect the nerve fibers (axons) of the central nervous system. This impairs the ability of the nerves to send messages to and from the brain, thereby producing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. This is precisely why Joan says she ‘felt her feet respond’ after chiropractic care; by addressing problems within the nervous system, this disruption was no longer hindering the ability of her brain to communicate with the rest of her body.

The chiropractic aspect of our practice is dedicated to helping our patients live the longest, healthiest lives possible by correcting posture and ensuring proper spinal alignment. We emphasize the importance of correcting postural distortion by remodeling the spine to a normal position. Through Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), it is possible to correct whole spinal misalignments and posture in order to achieve better overall well-being and extended life.

5)    Have you had any success with other patients using this therapy?

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation has had success in varying degrees with many Multiple Sclerosis patients.

6)    Have you presented your therapy to the MS Society? If so what was there reaction? If not, why as this could help a lot of people?

Yes. In 2002 I spoke as a panel expert at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Conference, presenting to both medical doctors and patients suffering with MS. I left the experience feeling that many people were not truly ready to hear what I had to say, so deeply entrenched is our way of thinking in the traditional medical model of care for MS.

7)    Do you have any words of wisdom for anyone with Multiple Sclerosis?

I think it’s important for patients to educate themselves on the various treatment options available for Multiple Sclerosis. As we’ve seen with Joan, it is possible to regain normal functioning, but healthcare must begin with self-education and self-care. Patients must truly believe that they can heal, and that they are in the right place to heal. A lot of rehabilitation happens within the patient themselves, as well as within the relationship between the patient and his/her healthcare practitioner.

Additionally, for MS patients interested in learning more about rehabilitation from the symptoms of this condition, I would suggest taking a look at Joan’s testimonial video for inspiration. She is a truly remarkable patient and an amazing human being. Much of her success is owed to the commitment she made to the recovery process.



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