Upper Cervical Care and Multiple Sclerosis

Upper Cervical Care and Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Clayton Sullwold D.C.


The Major Premise of Upper Cervical Care is that there is a subluxation (vertebral misalignment with nerve interference) in the upper cervical spine interfering with the expression of life in the body. Throughout the body, nerve fibers travel from the brain down the spinal cord to every tissue, organ and cell of the body. It is these nerve fibers that carry mental impulse from the brain which nourish the body and allow for proper communication from the brain to the body and back to the brain again. Misalignments throughout the spine can interfere with these messages causing decreased signaling throughout the body depending on which nerve root is compressed and which part of it is interfered with as it exits the spine. A nerve, although impinged, will still fire to the extent it can into the body and the end organ it innervates.

The aforementioned is true of everywhere in the spine except for the upper cervical area. The first two bones in the cervical spine just below the skull house the brainstem as it exits the foramen magnum. The nerve fibers that flow through the brainstem do not fire partially like the rest of the nerve roots in the spine. They follow what is called, “the all or none principle,” meaning that fibers in the brainstem either give you everything or they give you nothing. If there is pressure on the brainstem shutting down the fibers to the body then whatever those fibers innervate; that part of the body loses life. For example, if the fibers to the heart are compressed long enough over time a heart palpation can develop or high blood pressure ensues as tissues start breaking down faster than they can repair. This is in essence, a “loss of life” or a “paralysis” as energy is no longer flowing at 100% to the body structure.

Since there are no pain receptors in the brain, brainstem, or spinal cord there is usually no direct symptomatic response to spinal subluxations (vertebral misalignment with nerve interference). Disease and breakdown occur overtime as life giving energy is slowly drained. Often degenerative diseases which take years to develop are often the result in this breakdown of communication; the top three conditions being, osteoarthritis, cancer, and heart disease. All are due to a body building itself unhealthy instead of healthy.

Damage to the brain does occur with trauma and many cases can still function somewhat normally. This is evident in President Ronald Regan’s secretary who was shot through the brain and lived. The same holds true of the spinal cord. However, this does not hold true of the brainstem which is the old animal brain and is responsible for all bodily functions such as heart, digestive, lung, hormone, eye, ear, and sinus function as well as balance and equilibrium. If the brainstem is so much as bruised, death results. The brainstem acts as a huge processing center which controls and coordinates all the functions of the body given that it has no interference.

The body heals not because of upper cervical care but in response to it. Once interference is removed from the brainstem by correcting the upper cervical subluxation the body will resume functioning at its highest capacity possible. Increased neurological supply of life to the body generates and restores the healing response innate to the individual.

Below the level of subluxation is paralysis as previously discussed in this paper. Above the level of subluxation we see a congestion in the brain occur. This congestion can be likened to a dam constructed where the water below is restricted and the water behind is slowed and pooled. This phenomenon has been noted in multiple sclerosis patients with cerebral spinal fluid and venous drainage stagnation seen with 3D cat scan imaging. Congestion in the brain leads to conditions such as: mental fogginess, improper decision making, increased emotional turmoil and tension, emotional outburst, lack of mental clarity as well as anxiety and depression. The reason for these phenomena is due to the fact that part of the brain stem is the amygdala which is the center of emotions and is part of the old animal brain located in the center of the cerebral hemispheres.

Compounding this issue is the subject of trauma. As with most traumatic experiences whether emotional, mental, or physical, the sympathetic nervous system is the predominate overriding force attributed to dysfunction. When added to the already compromised function of the brainstem, a sympathetic dominate state is like driving a car with a stuck accelerator. No matter what you try to do, you will keep running the same course until you can unstick the accelerator. Until you restore the state of the nervous system to a parasympathetic state you are stuck in sympathetic overdrive which is long term fight or flight and almost always results in adrenal burnout, physical exhaustion, and emotional fatigue.

In the studies with MS patients it was found that 100% of the patients examined had trauma to the upper cervical spine (i.e. car wreck, whiplash, or fall, etc.). It was also found that of the 77 patients examined in the study all responded positively to upper cervical care. There was a reduction of more than 50% of the symptoms attributed to the disease, verified by both x-rays and clinical results. Based on these findings the doctors in charge of the study have stated that, “Upper Cervical Care should be a primary treatment of the mechanical cause of MS and there is evidence that upper cervical care can prevent the disease.”

When looking at how upper cervical misalignments can occur and impact the nervous system and particularly the brainstem it is assuring to know that there is a solution. When the source of the problem is corrected the body can then begin to heal emotionally, mentally, and physically. As we remove the block to life flow from the brain to the body the likened damn is released allowing water to flow smoothly and effortlessly. This is the innate intelligence that we are. If we could live a life free from subluxation we could live a life with the ability to adapt to our stresses, overcome our traumas, and move through our trapped emotions much more effectively and efficiently.

Upper Cervical Care utilizes state of the art technology such Specific Upper Cervical X-rays and Computed Infrared Thermography to determine when to make a correction and if brain stem pressure is present.

Dr. Clayton Sullwold D.C. is a certified upper cervical chiropractor having completed post-doctoral work in upper cervical care. He is a certified animal chiropractor through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and he lives and practices in Durango, Colorado with his beautiful wife Dr. Petra.


Preliminary results after upper cervical chiropractic care in patients with chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency and multiple sclerosis


Purpose: The aim of the study is to evaluate the clinical and X-ray results of the Upper Cervical Chiropractic care through the specific adjustments (corrections) of C1-C2 on patients with chronic venous cerebral-spinal insufficiency (CCSVI) and multiple sclerosis (MS). Method: We studied a sample of 77 patients before and after the Upper Cervical Chiropractic care, and we analyzed: A) The change of the X-ray parameters; B) The clinical results using a new set of questions. The protocol of the C1- C2 upper Cervical Chiropractic treatment, specific for these patients, lasts four months. From a haemodynamic point of view we divided the patients in 3 types: Type 1 – purely vascular with intravenous alterations; Type 2 – “mechanical” with of external venous compressions; Type 3 – mixed. Results: We found an improvement in all kinds of subluxations after the treatment with respect to the pre-treatment X-ray evaluation, with a significant statistical difference. The differences between the clinical symptoms before and after the specific treatment of C1-C2 are statistically significant with p<0.001 according to the CHI-Square test revised by Yates. Conclusions: The preliminary X-ray and clinical improvements of the Upper Cervical Chiropractic corrections on C1- C2 on these patients with CCSVI and MS encourage us to continue with our studies. We believe that the Upper Cervical correction on C1-C2 could be the main non-invasive treatment of the CCSVI mechanical type in patients with MS. Further studies are required to evaluate the correlation between the Upper Cervical Chiropractic correction on C1-C2 on the cerebral venous drainage and the cerebro-spinal fluid. Key words: CCSVI, Multiple sclerosis, Upper Cervical Chiropractic care.

A delicious smoothie to help relieve pain!

Many people in the world are looking to relieve pain in their back, knees, legs and ankles, especially older people. But, young people are also affected and seeking healthy ways to relieve pain.  Well, the statistics say that about 1/3 of adults have reported that they have experienced joint pain within the past 30 days.

You should also know that there are many different health conditions that can lead to joint pain, such as: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. The medical experts claim that the back pain will heal in time. The medical experts claim that almost 50% of the patients with back pain will relieve pain from the low back within 15 days. And almost 90% of people will feel relief from back pain in three months, regardless of the back pain treatment.

But, the worst thing about back pain is that people who experience back pain may find it extremely difficult to live their everyday lives and to complete their tasks. They find it hard to sit and lie down or find any position to relieve pain. When it comes to leg pain, it usually results from wear and tear, overuse, injuries in joints or bones. Or it’s because your injuries in your muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues. And some types of leg pain can be related with problems in your lower spine. Poor circulation can be also a reason for leg pain.

You shouldn’t be worried if you suffer from any type of joint pain, because in this article we are going to show you the best and most effective smoothie, which will help you treat and cure your painful joints and relieve pain in your back. This smoothie is very simple and easy to make, and it’s made by easy available ingredients.

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie for Relieving Pain & Treating Painful Joints:


  • 1 orange
  • 2 cups of pineapple
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 pears
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger root
  • 2 inches of raw turmeric root
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil


Don’t worry, because this recipe is very simple and easy to make – all you have to do is follow the simple instructions. Here’s what you need to do – first, peel the lemon, the orange, the ginger and the turmeric root. Then, chop the pineapple and the pears. When you are done chopping, you need to put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until you get nice and homogenous mixture. Enjoy your anti-inflammatory smoothie. If you can’t drink it all at once, then you need to put this smoothie in glass jar and keep it in the refrigerator.

Well, you need to make sure you use a blender for this smoothie, because it leaves the fiber untouched. If you use a juicer, the fiber will be wasted. According to a recent study, the medical experts have found that people who eat foods high in fiber have lower C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in their blood. The CRP is actually an inflammation marker, which has been related to health conditions, such as: rheumatoid arthritis (RA), heart disease and diabetes.

About the ingredients:

  1. Pineapple

Bromelain is the most effective and one of the most active compounds, which are found in pineapple. The bromelain compound is extremely effective and very useful in relieving joint pain and it’s also very useful in reducing inflammation, associated with arthritis. The medical studies have confirmed that enzymes like bromelain have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects comparable to Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

  1. Orange

You should know that the muscle cramps are one of the most common causes of leg pain. Muscle cramps usually occur because of the muscle’s overuse or low potassium or calcium levels in your body. Study, conducted by group of medical researchers, has found that consuming the right amount of Vitamin C in your body will help you to prevent the inflammatory arthritis and to maintain healthy joints with osteoarthritis.

  1. Celery

Celery is a super healthy vegetable and it is loaded with many healthy nutrients and it contains high amounts of Vitamin K. The medical experts claim that insufficient levels of Vitamin K can results in abnormal cartilage and bone mineralization. You should also know that low plasma levels of Vitamin K can increase the prevalence of osteoarthritis manifestations in your hands and your knees.

  1. Pear

We mentioned before that Vitamin C is extremely important in reducing joint pain and it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory tool. The Vitamin C found in pear will reduce the risk of inflammatory arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as well.

  1. Lemon

Lemon – this amazing and super healthy fruit is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Lemon contains high amounts of Vitamin C and Vitamin E – which are both powerful and essential antioxidants. These two vitamins protect our cells from free radicals and help us to build and maintain collagen and connective tissue.

  1. Ginger

The most effective and one of the most important ingredients and compounds in ginger is Gingerol. This remarkable compound has the ability to fight prostaglandins – the lipid compounds which usually trigger the joint pain.

  1. Turmeric

A recent study, published in The Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine, has found that the active compound in turmeric can relieve pain and improve the knee function in knee osteoarthritis, equally to ibuprofen. Different study, published in 2006, has found that a curcuminoid – containing turmeric extract can inhibit joint inflammation and periarticular joint destruction.

People, if any of you are suffering from any type of joint pain, then you should definitely try this homemade all-natural smoothie. This amazing smoothie will soothe the pain in your joints and you can function normally. You don’t have to drink those painkillers ever again. Try this smoothie and you will be amazed by the results. We really hope you enjoyed this post, and please share it with your friends and family. Thank You.

source: dailyhealthpost.com