How Chiropractic Care May Help With Epilepsy
Fewer things are more scary than experiencing a seizure. To think of a condition that can occur seemingly out of nowhere, and cause the body to go into such uncontrollable convulsions, is definitely anxiety-inducing, to say the least.
People who are epileptic are prone to frequent seizures, which can obviously be detrimental to their quality of life. Although there have been advances in anticonvulsive medications, they are not effective on 20-30 percent of those with epilepsy. This can leave a big section of the epileptic community wondering what their options are. Fortunately, there have been studies that show that chiropractic treatments may be able to help manage seizures without the use of medications.
Seizures occur due to the spontaneous malfunction of the brain. They can be characterized by body convulsions, muscle spasms and various forms of altered consciousness. It is difficult for doctors to truly understand the cause of seizures, leaving treatment more focused on symptoms rather than the root problem. Since medications are only helpful to a portion of those with epilepsy, the new research regarding chiropractic as a form of treatment is an exciting discovery.
The treatments focus on the Vagus nerve, which exits the spine at the base of the skull. Chiropractors adjust the upper cervical area of the spine in order to stimulate this nerve. Studies have found that correcting vertebral subluxations, otherwise known as dysfunctions of the spine that interfere with proper nerve function, help in balancing brain function, which could help with managing seizure occurrence.
Chiropractic manipulations are able to relive nerve pressure that may be causing problems with the communication between the body and the nervous system. These treatments affect the entire body, correcting all ailments affected by subluxations, including those that may be contributing to seizures. If the spine has been physically traumatized, the damage done may be one of the causes of the epilepsy. It is important for chiropractors to check if the damage is located in the upper spinal area, in order to directly correlate the damaged spine to the seizures. The spinal damage may also be the reason for other neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. Correcting the subluxations could assist in offering relief from many disabilities.
Many case studies have shown that regular chiropractic treatments may help lessen the amount of seizures that a patient experiences. They may also have the ability to decrease how intense the seizures are when they do strike, as well as reduce how long they last. Some patients even claim that their seizures disappear completely with the aid of chiropractic, even without being on any medication.