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Multiple Sclerosis Treatments

Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Dr. Diane® helps to alleviate symptoms of MS by using her 5 Prong Approach in conjunction with her integrative team of brain health experts. Dr. Diane® employs cutting-edge practices, such as Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, Hypnosis, and a brain-healthy diet, which are Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis that do not require the use of drugs.

Dr. Diane® Brain Health utilizes state of the art technology, and has the Solutions and Resources℠ to get you feeling your best. The Dr. Diane® integrative team of brain health experts is trained in conventional, complementary and alternative specialties. This team will provide you with a customized Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Diane® sees each person as a unique individual and knows that one method does not fit everyone.

What is MS?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelination disease affecting Central Nervous System white matter. MS is a progressive disease in the brain that causes damage to the Central Nervous System. Although there is no cure for MS, many treatments are available that can help to slow progression of the disease. For more information refer to our Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Page.

 

Relapsing MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease, which means that instead of defending the body against harmful invaders (such as viruses or bacteria), the immune system attacks the body itself.

What are Treatments for MS?

While there is currently no cure for MS, there are certain FDA approved medications that delay the progression of disability caused by the disease. There are two types of FDA-approved treatments used for MS: Disease-Modifying Agents and Symptomatic Therapy Treatments. Disease-Modifying Agents are designed to modulate or suppress the immune response and the inflammation caused by the disease.

Disease-Modifying Agents:

1. ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic hormone).

2. Intravenous corticosteroids: Methylprednisone.

3. Immunomodulating agents: Avonex, Rebif, Betaseron, Copaxone.

4. Immunosuppressive agents: Mitoxantrone, Cyclophosphamide, Imuran, Methotrexate.

Symptomatic Therapy Treatments:

1. Physical and emotional rest.

2. Amantadine or Modafinil for fatigue.

3. Baclofen or Tizanidine, alone or combined, or Neurotin for spasticity.

4. Carbamazepine for paroxysmal dystonia or other paroxysmal manifestations.

5. Intermittent catheterization for urinary retention.

6. Anticholinergics for controlling nocturia.

7. Drinking enough water and eating enough fiber to help with constipation.

8. Sildenafil citrate for sexual dysfunction.

9. Physical therapy and regular exercise for improving gait and general level of functioning.

Brain Health Experts

For Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis Dr. Diane uses her 5 Prong ApproachOur integrative team of Brain Health Experts provides various treatment modalities for all the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and can work with your current providers to help you regain your life again. Depending on where you live in the world, the Brain Health Experts can provide virtual treatment too. If this is not possible, Dr. Diane and/or the Brain Health team experts will find someone in your locale to help you.

 

You are a unique person. How MS affects your brain and body is as unique as you are. Are you a hearty person, or reactive or sensitive? What type of childhood did you have? Each person brings a life history that has to account for in determining what treatment is best for you. How often have you been prescribed medications that had many side-effects, only because the person prescribing the medication or treatment did NOT take into account your reaction to it?

 

Dr. Diane and her Brain Health Experts work as a unified team, which strongly believes that regardless of the presenting problem or situation, you as a person should be seen from the five distinct views that make up our approach: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and energy. Often these areas intertwine and each needs to be addressed, yet Dr. Diane® looks for the core issue. Then and only then are your individual treatment programs developed based on conventional, complimentary, and alternative treatment methods as well as how they are reimbursed by insurance and your specific objectives. Based on your unique needs and goals, they are able to provide a customized treatment program employing such techniques. These methods are often modified and customized to meet your specific needs as you progress in regaining your life.

Conventional Treatment for MS

What you eat does affect your ability to store and retrieve information. It is extremely important to have an anti-inflammatory diet that allows the brain to heal, which can be done by eliminating refined sugar, corn syrup, and any grains that can be fermented or distilled. An increase of Omega 3 from wild sockeye salmon and tuna is also beneficial, and vegetables rich in antioxidants help to improve your memory. Coconut, olive oil, and avocado are good sources of fats that help the brain heal and enhance your storage and retrieval capabilities. Drinking water also helps the brain, and it is imperative that you get restorative sleep.

 

Martha Lindsay is a nutrition educator and a team member of our Brain Health expert Team.

 

Working with a Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) can help you learn new methods of storing and retrieving information. Amy Karas, who is on our team of Brain Health Experts, specializes in brain injury and MS and is trained in remediating cognitive and memory issues.

 

Various types of rehabilitative work can help to overcome motor difficulties, as well as chronic pain. Physical therapy techniques help with balance, motor coordination, muscle movement, tone, spasm, and strength. This type of therapy is also helpful in treating general inflammation and myofascial pain. For more extensive rehabilitation, you may need to see a Physiatrist, a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Cranial Sacral methods, done by Physical Therapist Joan Flynn, are very effective in working with PCS muscle problems. Various types of massage therapy such as Repetitive Usage Injury Therapy (RUIT), structural massage, and integrative massage, are also very helpful. If there is any form of paralysis present, the Taub Method, invented by Dr. Edward Taub, is a revolutionary and extremely successful approach to physical therapy. His method uses the concept of restrictive therapy, which is restraining the limbs that work so that the body/brain is forced to reconnect to the paralyzed limbs.

 

Specialized treatment such as Biofeedback can be obtained through rehabilitation-hospital programs for people with MS. Biofeedback can be extremely helpful in many situations: Thermal and EMG Biofeedback increase muscle responsiveness and coordination, as well as control discomfort. Neurofeedback can normalize electrical activity in the motor areas of the brain, which enhances motor reflexes. However, all of these techniques can present a challenge for people with concentration or attention-span difficulties. Dr. Diane® has successfully worked with numerous patients with MS using Neurofeedback.

 

There are various types of indirect physical therapy treatment designed to heal and strengthen muscles and improve balance, coordination, and flexibility. One of these, the Burdenko Method, involves dynamic water- and land-based movement exercises. The water portion is done in a vertical position using flotation devices to help you achieve natural traction and allow gravity to gently separate the vertebrae. The land exercises are an extension of these therapeutic movements. Dr. Burdenko is a member of our Brain Health Experts Team.

 

Another form of indirect physical therapy, the Feldenkrais Method, is a series of subtle exercises designed to retrain your body’s movement patterns for pain control and more efficient motor function. A practitioner teaches you alternative ways of moving to replace faulty patterns that may aggravate your injury. Therapeutic horseback riding also helps to enhance balance, coordination, and physical stability.

 

Movement and dance therapy are forms of dynamic therapy that force the brain to adapt to injury by learning to use different parts to facilitate motor movement. This helps the brain to form new nerve connections and replace those impaired by injury. Music and dance therapy incorporate multiple movements and sensory input, and are available through many colleges, special-education services, and dance studios.

 

If you need to overcome small motor impairments, or learn new techniques for dispatching troublesome tasks at home and at work, occupational therapy may be recommended. As an alternative, you may choose to undergo cognitive retraining, which involves learning new ways of accomplishing tasks that have become problematic. Or you may choose vocational therapy to learn skills that will prepare you to seek a different type of employment.

Complementary Treatment for MS

Acupuncture helps the energy system to release the spastic muscles. William Mogan is our Acupuncturist on the Brain Health Team of Experts. Chiropractic adjustments can help to realign vertebrae in the neck, thus improving blood flow and nerve-impulse supply to problem muscles. This approach also allows free movement and creates more space between the joints. Many chiropractors also do myofascial release methods that are helpful. In addition, light therapy can be effective at helping release muscle spasms. Dr. Paul Schoonman is the Chiropractor on our Brain Health Team of Experts.

Alternative Treatment for MS

Polarity therapy, which maximizes the flow of internal energy and encourages the body to heal itself, may be effective against muscle and movement problems. Some believe that reorganizing the body’s energy structure, internal flow, and communication mechanisms can help improve balance and coordination. Natrum sulphuricum, Bungaris, and Carbo vegetabilis help with balance, muscle tone, and strength. Before trying any over-the-counter herbal or homeopathic remedy, it is best to consult with an Herbalist or Homeopathic Practitioner who knows your specific problems and needs. David Sollars is a Homeopathic Practitioner and is on our Brain Health Team of Experts.

Get Help Today

At Dr. Diane® Brain Health, we use an integrative, 5 Prong Approach to treatment, and will work with you to find the cause, as well as the best Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis symptoms.

 

If MS is keeping you from living a full life, call our office at (800)500-9971 or fill out our form. Contact Dr. Diane to schedule an in-person, phone, or Skype consultation and start regaining your life! There is a Way!®