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Chiropractic Treatment Shown to Benefit Those with Epilepsy


Epilepsy, a brain disorder that causes chronic seizures, affects millions of Americans. While some people suffer from mild epilepsy, which would mainly consist of somewhat chronic petit mal seizures, severe epilepsy can be debilitating with regular grand mal seizures, which can cause the body to seize uncontrollably. Many people turn to prescription medications or risky invasive brain surgery to treat their epilepsy. One man claims that chiropractic care cured his epilepsy decades ago, calling for more studies on the efficacy of spinal manipulation in treating the seizure disorder in others.

The man is 89-year-old Robert Renner who suffered from severe epilepsy when he was young. He would experience grand mal seizures at least three times a week, leaving him unconscious and biting his tongue. In 1947, a friend told him about a chiropractic clinic that was said to help relieve neurological problems. He traveled to the clinic far from his home for his four-week visit to the clinic. Renner claims he has not had a single seizure since.

When Renner visited the clinic, the doctors monitored his back and spine via x-ray to follow his progress. They found the main issue stemmed from a misalignment in his first vertebrae and worked on the area carefully over one month. At the end, they showed Renner his x-rays and how he improved after each adjustment. He also found himself epilepsy-free for the first time in his life.

Stephen Gullikson, a chiropractor from Rapid City, is not surprised by Renner’s story and says chiropractic treatments can help people that suffer a variety of neurological disorders. When the nervous system is disrupted in any way, it can affect our body from our heads to our toes. Spinal manipulation can relieve nerve pressure that causes issues from earaches to depression, and has been shown to improve symptoms of epilepsy, such as in the case of Renner.

“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the doctors that have helped me, and the Lord guiding me,” he said.

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