What is a Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the brain and spinal cord that can become disabling for many who suffer from it. The nerves of our body are covered by a protective sheath called myelin. In Multiple Sclerosis, the immune system attacks and deteriorates the myelin sheath. This causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body. Eventually, the disease can cause the nerves themselves to degenerate or become permanently damaged. There’s no known cure for Multiple Sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.
Multiple Sclerosis has been shown through scientific studies to demonstrate an irregular brain pattern that is visible through Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), a brain-based method of evaluation that doctors use to visualize brain function and see how it is impacting physical and mental performance. This pattern is seen to be worse in those people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis and especially those with cognitive thinking problems, more so than those with only physical challenges.
What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?
Doctors have determined that certain irregular brain patterns are evident in those who struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. qEEG Brain Mapping can identify the presence of these abnormalities. Scientific studies have found that the frontal and central areas of brain that control thinking skills and motor planning are not working properly. This can be seen on the picture as red, too much use of slow brain activity. Although it appears to be the specific body part such as a limb, that is not working, it is the brain’s control of that area that is causing the problem. This abnormal brain performance is the underlying factor of many Multiple Sclerosis symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Signs and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. When different areas of the brain are impacted by irregular brain patterns, symptoms can vary as well.
- Numbness or weakness in limbs, typically occurring on one side of the body at a time
- Numbness or weakness of the trunk and legs
- Loss of vision
- Pain during eye movement
- Prolonged double vision
- Tingling or pain across the body
- Electric-shock sensations, especially bending the neck forward
- Tremors of hands or body
- Lack of coordination
- Unsteady gait
- Slurred speech
- Bowel and bladder function problems
- Mental changes, such as forgetfulness or difficulty thinking
- Mood swings
- Epilepsy can arise as a complication of MS due to unstable brain activity
How Can Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Be Reduced?
When the underlying brain patterns of Multiple Sclerosis are evaluated and then treated, symptoms can improve for those suffering from MS. At Leigh Brain & Spine, the doctors identify the disruptive brain patterns and then retrain the brain to operate better using Neurofeedback Therapy.
Most people with MS have a relapsing-remitting course of the disease. Periods of new symptoms or relapses can develop over days or weeks and then usually improve partially or completely. The relapses are followed by quiet times of remission that can last months or even years. Stabilization of the irregular brain pattern, that is evident in Multiple Sclerosis, can provide for a steady neurological environment. This stability can provide symptom reduction during relapse times and longer periods of remission.
About 65% of people with Multiple Sclerosis eventually develop a steady progression of symptoms, known as secondary-progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Degeneration of the nerve cells contributes to this progression. Scientific studies have shown that Neurofeedback Therapy can keep cells healthier, longer for delayed progression of the disease.
How is MS Diagnosed?
Traditional methods of assessing Multiple Sclerosis do not include specific tests for MS. Instead, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis often relies on ruling out other conditions that might produce similar signs and symptoms. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) might be used by doctors to verify structural changes of the brain cells. Scientific findingsshow that Multiple Sclerosis is better able to be understood by doctors now that they are using EEG to look at the person’s neurological functioning and how the brain is using energy.
What is the Best Test for MS?
Scientists have identified a brain pattern that is used when a person is healthy. Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG) technology was used to find this brain pattern. Abnormal qEEG findings are known to contribute to Multiple Sclerosis. A qEEG Brain Map can detect and identify if the brain is suffering from neurological dysfunction that is causing the related symptoms. In this way, advances in neuroscience and technology are making it easier to identify and treat Multiple Sclerosis.
How Can Neurofeedback Improve MS?
Multiple Sclerosis is known to be associated with an abnormal brain functioning. The areas of the brain that control a variety of physical and mental capabilities are not working properly. Neurofeedback Therapy improves the way the brain is performing and thus reduces symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis by optimizing brain function toward the healthy pattern.
Neurofeedback Therapy re-wires brain irregularities for better performance. Scientific studies prove that Neurofeedback has high success rates by providing auditory and visual feedback to improve the way the brain is operating. With better brain function comes alleviation of symptoms.
What’s the Most Effective Treatment for MS?
Neurofeedback Therapy is a clinically proven, drug free, non-invasive treatment option that can improve the brain pattern toward the optimal one proven to be symptom-free. When the brain is working better, the flow of information from the brain to the body is improved and symptoms can be reduced.
- No Side-Effects
- Clinically Proven
- Long-lasting Benefits
- Proven successful with 65-year legacy
Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis typically focuses on speeding recovery from attacks, slowing the progression of the disease and managing symptoms. Neurofeedback Therapy works directly with the person’s brain for an enjoyable experience that is proven effective in doing so.
What Do I Do If I Have a Multiple Sclerosis?
If you would like to reduce your Multiple Sclerosis symptoms and progression, call the professionals at Leigh Brain & Spine. The doctors can perform a qEEG Brain Map to determine if you are a strong candidate for Neurofeedback Therapy.
Leigh Brain and Spine is proud to have earned the distinction as a Certified Brain Health Coach Center and is a proud member of the Amen Clinics referral network.