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Seizure Disorders & Epilepsy Treatment

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Treatment for Seizure Disorders & Epilepsy.

 

Seizure disorders & epilepsy are common neurological disorders affecting people of all ages. It is marked by unusual movements or behavior caused by a sudden increase of electrical activity in the brain.

In most people, epileptic seizures are controlled with anticonvulsant drugs or even surgery. However, some patients with epilepsy have drug-resistant epilepsy, also known as refractory epilepsy or pharmacoresistant epilepsy. In these cases, antiepileptic drugs fail to provide sustained relief from seizures.

The good news is that when nothing seems to improve your condition and even medications cease to work, alternative treatments like upper cervical chiropractic care come as a lifesaver. The ketogenic diet has proven to be an effective approach for the treatment of different types of seizure disorders, including refractory epilepsy.

Learn About Seizure Disorders & Epilepsy

The terms seizure disorders & epilepsy are often used interchangeably because they both are the same thing. The symptoms vary depending on the type of seizure, but in the majority of cases, the most common sign is a convulsion in which the person collapses, has uncontrollable rhythmic shaking of arms and legs. They may clench their teeth, lose control of their bowel or bladder, or experience spontaneous sensory symptoms such as dizziness, tingling, and flashing lights. This type is called focal seizures without loss of consciousness.

In some cases of epilepsy, people simply stare blankly or experience a brief blackout followed by a period of confusion. This type of seizure, also called focal seizure with impaired awareness, involves a change or loss of consciousness.

All these symptoms are produced by the anomalous electrical events occurring in the brain. Many seizures seem to involve both halves (hemispheres) of the brain. These are called generalized seizures, which are further categorized into six types:

Absence seizures: Typically occurring in children, these seizures are characterized by constant staring into space with or without body movements such as lip-smacking or chewing movements. They may also cause a brief loss of awareness. Many children outgrow these seizures with age. Absence seizures may last 5 to 30 seconds. Most often, they last more than 10 seconds. 

Tonic seizures: These seizures are marked by a sudden stiffness in the muscles of the arms, legs or back and may affect consciousness. If the person is standing, the attack can cause him to fall. Following the episode, the person may feel confused. Tonic seizures last about 20 seconds and most commonly occur during sleep. 

Atonic seizures: Also known as akinetic seizures or drop attacks, they cause a sudden loss of muscle tone. Some parts or the entire body can become limp, which causes the person to suddenly collapse or fall to the ground. However, the person may remain conscious. These seizures usually last about 10 seconds or less. 

Myoclonic seizures: These seizures cause sudden brief jerking movements or twitches. These often happen when you are in stage 1 of non-REM sleep, and usually affect the upper body, arms, and legs. Hiccups also come under myoclonic seizures. They often last only for a fraction of a second.

Clonic seizures: These are marked by repeated or rhythmic shaking of arms and legs. People having clonic seizures may also experience aura or pins and needles. Drooling, fainting, and tongue biting are also common. The person is aware of what’s happening. Clonic seizures can last for up to 20 seconds. 

Tonic-clonic seizures: Also called grand mal seizures, these are the worst type of epileptic seizures marked by a sudden loss of consciousness and extreme muscle contractions. Other symptoms may include blue skin from poor blood circulation, fainting, drooling, leaking of urine, or lip and tongue biting. They may also last about 10 to 20 seconds. 

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder and people may have two or more unprovoked seizure attacks of any type. Provoked seizure means the attacks were not a result of reversible medical conditions like extremely low blood sugar or drug/alcohol withdrawal.

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The exact cause of epilepsy is unknown, but it may be related to family history, developmental disorders, infections, or brain injury. A head injury or trauma due to a blow, whiplash, or accident causes the compression of the brain stem. This can be one of the most possible causes of seizure disorders and epilepsy.

The majority of seizures are controlled using drug therapy. However, in some cases, where medicines and diet changes fail to improve the condition, surgery may be required. Why opt for medicinal and surgical procedures that carry a host of risks when you can take advantage of an alternative and non-invasive treatment instead.

Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Treat Seizure Disorders and Epilepsy?

Yes, people with epilepsy can experience lasting relief from recurring seizures with upper cervical chiropractic care, without relying on anticonvulsant drugs or surgery. In fact, many studies have proven that chiropractic adjustments can be an effective treatment modality for seizure disorders. This non-invasive treatment approach targets the upper cervical spine or upper neck region which may be the root cause of the problem.

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Your upper neck region houses two main vertebrae, called C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis), that play a very special role in body functioning. These bones not only balance the head and support neck motion but also help to facilitate blood flow to the brain. If this area has been physically traumatized, the two bones may go out of place, resulting in changes throughout the spine.

It restricts the flow of nerve impulses to and from the body or inhibits mind-body communication, which is essential for body functions. The atlas vertebra plays an even more crucial role – it surrounds and protects the brain stem. Any misalignment can put extreme pressure on the brain stem, limiting the flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid. All these factors contribute to the development of various health conditions, including seizure disorders and epilepsy.

Upper cervical chiropractic involves spinal manipulation and adjustment to put the two bones in place and relieving pressure on the brain stem. This promotes blood flow and mind-body communication. The corrections not just target a particular symptom, rather they affect the entire body, correcting all disorders, including seizures, that are affected by malfunctions in the upper cervical region.

How Does Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Georgia Treat Seizure Disorders and Epilepsy?

You might be wondering how upper cervical chiropractors are able to realign atlas and axis vertebrae precisely. At your first visit to our treatment facility, you will be thoroughly evaluated on the basis of your seizure symptoms, physical examination, medical history, and previous diagnostic reports. Your chiropractor will then locate your upper cervical misalignment using their hands.

If any misalignment is detected, your chiropractor will use modern diagnostic imaging techniques, including x-rays. This will give him a precise, three-dimensional look at the misalignment. The measurements are taken and analyzed to determine the perfect adjustment. So, you may or may not have your first adjustment the same day as your assessment. These measurements also help your chiropractor formulate a customized treatment plan to meet your exact needs.

For the correction, you will lie on an adjustment table that rises and drops. Your chiropractor will apply some gentle pressure on your upper cervical region using their hand or a specialized adjustment instrument.

The goal is to correct the misalignment and restore the optimum functioning of the nervous system. Some people start feeling immediate positive effects after the adjustment as your body’s natural restorative power is boosted. Gradually, you will realize a great reduction in your seizures and epileptic attacks. It may also eradicate the problem of seizures completely.

At the end, your chiropractor may also provide you with some tips for retaining the adjustment and preventing future malfunctions. Follow-up appointments will be decided based on your spine health and how your body responds to the adjustment.

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Upper cervical chiropractic care is safe when administered by a trained and licensed chiropractor. Moreover, it tends to be gentler than general chiropractic that involves twisting, popping, and thrusting of the neck and spine.

So, if you are more sensitive to pain and don’t find general chiropractic treatment very comfortable, then upper cervical care makes a great option for you. If you suspect a misalignment could be a possible factor of your seizure disorders and epilepsy, get it checked by our chiropractor.

Contact Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Georgia

Seizure disorders can be of various types, and vary in frequency, magnitude and intensity. With non-invasive and alternative treatments available today, patients can move beyond traditional medical interventions that include medications and surgery.

If you or your loved one is suffering from a seizure disorder or epilepsy and aren’t getting the results you had expected with your current treatment, contact us for an assessment.

Our specialized upper cervical chiropractic care can help you more effectively manage your seizures. The best thing about upper cervical chiropractic treatment is that it could help in providing relief from various disorders, and not just epilepsy.

 

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