Epilepsy / Seizures
How are chiropractic and epilepsy related? Epilepsy is a disorder in which some group of neurons in the brain sometimes signal abnormally. It mainly develops during early childhood or towards late adulthood. Although it can improve over time, most people who have it experience the symptoms their entire life. When you have this condition, the regular neuronal activity patterns often get disturbed, causing strange symptoms such as:
- Uncontrollable muscle jerking
- Muscle stiffness
- Feeling confused for a brief period
- Staring spell
- Loss of awareness or consciousness
- Experiencing anxiety or fear
- Sudden and unexplainable changes in sensory perception
- Numbing or twitching of the limbs
- Loss of bowel control
Most people who have epilepsy rarely remember having an episode. It’s also quite common to feel sick for several hours following a seizure.
What Can Cause or Trigger a Seizure?
Many patients keep track of their epileptic seizure triggers. If you also have the same condition, you can also follow the same practice. Some of the usual triggers include:
- Illness or high fever
- Overeating, skipping meals, or eating certain food products
- Substance abuse
- Excessive consumption of caffeine or alcohol
- Visual disturbances (flashing, wavy or bright lights)
You can note your triggers, the time and frequency of your episodes, activities you are doing before and after an attack, and other factors that could help you figure out your condition better.
The Nervous System, Cervical Spine Injury and Seizures
The body relies on nerve signals to know how to respond to certain situations. The signals flow to and from the brain, brainstem, spinal cord, and the body’s different nerves. Unfortunately, patients suffering from seizures or epilepsy have a flawed nervous system. Some resulted from abnormal brain development during pregnancy, infection, brain tumor, or brain inflammation.
Other cases stem from a cervical spine injury. Cervical spine injury and seizures tend to occur hand in hand because the brainstem, a crucial part of the signal transmission circuit, tends to suffer from undue stress from the neck bones. During an accident, the upper cervical bones, C1 and C2, slip out of place thanks to their highly movable design.
These two events are a chain of effects that can impact the entire body. That’s because the brainstem controls involuntary movements such as sleeping, heart beating, breathing and facilitates the flow of signals from the brain and receptors all around the body. It integrates a lot of critical body processes and supplies sensation to nerve endings.
Is There a Seizure Disorder Treatment?
There isn’t a cure for epilepsy or seizure. However, seeking epilepsy or seizure disorder treatment early on in life can make a lot of difference to your condition. The approach to use may differ depending on what caused the disorder.
For example, if it stems from a neck or spinal injury, you’re most likely to experience lasting relief through upper cervical care. Studies on chiropractic and epilepsy prove the effectiveness of the approach.
You can also try other remedies to manage your symptoms and avoid untoward incidents during an epileptic seizure:
- Taking anti-epileptic medication
- Undergoing surgery for seizures caused by a brain tumor
- Wearing seizure alarms or protective headgear for chronic attacks
- Shifting to a ketogenic diet
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