Approximately, 14 cases of Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS are diagnosed each day. The average expected survival time for those suffering from ALS is three to five years. Unfortunately, there is no known cure of this debilitating disease. But, we want to help find a cure. At SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers, this is a disease that is very close to our heart.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
Although our practice does not treat this ailment, we are certainly very aware of the tragic effects of ALS. Most commonly, the disease strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. ALS has cut short the lives of other such notable and courageous individuals as Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Senator Jacob Javits, actors Michael Zaslow and David Niven, creator of Sesame Street Jon Stone, television producer Scott Brazil, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, NBA Hall of Fame basketball player George Yardley, pro football player Glenn Montgomery, golfer Jeff Julian, golf caddie Bruce Edwards, British soccer player Jimmy Johnstone, musician Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter), photographer Eddie Adams, entertainer Dennis Day, jazz musician Charles Mingus, composer Dimitri Shostakovich, former vice president of the United States Henry A. Wallace and U.S. Army General Maxwell Taylor.
People who suffer with ALS lose all motor function, ability to speak and eventually the ability to swallow which ultimately leads to starvation and death. If you have ever known someone suffering from ALS, you know how grueling of a disease it can be. SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers wants to make every effort to help support the research efforts, so we are providing a very special opportunity for you for the remainder of July.
As we mentioned in the beginning of our blog, there is no known cure for ALS. But, we would like to do our part in helping find one. For the month of July, SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers is offering an exam and two X-rays for a $20 donation or more at either of our locations for the entire month of July. All proceeds will go to ALS research. For a $20 donation to a wonderful cause, this would be a perfect time to bring your friends, family and /or coworkers in to the Chiropractor. We want to offer you chiropractic care for a good cause. As we are in the middle of the heat of the summer in North Carolina, there is no better time or reason to evaluate your physical condition.