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

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Sandro Mandolesi
Giuseppe Marceca
Jon Moser
Tarcisio Niglio
Aldo d’Alessandro
Matteo Marco Ciccone
Annapaola Zito
Dimitri Mandolesi
Alessandro d’Alessandro
Francesco Fedele


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 C1C2 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 C1C2 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.

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Mandolesi, Sandro, et al. “Preliminary Results After Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care in Patients With Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency and Multiple Sclerosis”. Annali Italiani Di Chirurgia, vol. 86, no. 3, May 2015, pp. 192-00,