Despite differences in understanding seizure disorders, researchers continue to point to trauma as a likely causative factor in seizure cases. Head injuries, neck injuries, and injuries to the spine appear to be linked to the onset of epilepsy whether it occurs rapidly after a whiplash/concussion event or whether the onset seems to occur over a longer period of time due to smaller traumatic influences. Seizure disorders in children may be linked to minor neck injuries sustained during the birth process.
Minor neck injuries sustained in these traumatic events are not always evident but can lead to future health issues. Because of the intimate relationship between the vertebrae in the neck and the brainstem/spinal cord, there is a particular susceptibility to neurological dysfunction. In the epileptic or seizure patient this neurological dysfunction is an interruption in the normal organization of brain activity and electrical signals sent into the body.
Many children and adults with seizure disorders or epilepsy have benefited from corrective chiropractic care. Many have achieved a resolution because spinal corrective (upper cervical) care helps to correct the neck injuries that interrupt normal function of the nervous system.
Dr. Lyle W. Sherman was one of the first chiropractic researchers to record case studies of patients with seizures under upper cervical care. Those cases were published in an informational booklet called "Eight cases in the..." and later in a Palmer textbook titled "Chiropractic Clinical Controlled Research" published in 1951. More contemporary case studies with quotes describing their findings are included:
"A four-year-old male presented for chiropractic care with facial pursing of the lips, loss of balance and delayed speech. He experienced seizures daily with as many as three seizures per day. He had been diagnosed with intractable frontal lobe epilepsy at the age of eighteen-months by a neurologist. Seizures were previously uncontrolled with the use of antiepileptic drugs. His parents sought chiropractic care to improve his quality of life."
" A thorough case history, physical examination, and chiropractic examination revealed that the patient had a subluxation of the C1 (atlas) vertebra. The patient was analyzed at each visit with the use of skin temperature differentials and received adjustments utilizing Activator technique. The parents noticed improvements in the boy's quality of life as a result of a reduction in the frequency of seizure episodes after initiating chiropractic care."
"22-year-old female with a previous diagnosis of epilepsy presented to our office for care. Orthopedic, thermographic, and x-ray evaluations were performed to determine the location and vector of upper cervical subluxations. Prior to beginning care, the patient completed the QOLIE-89 patient outcome measure. Over the course of 14 office visits, the patient was adjusted 13 times. Upon the completion of the initial phase of care the patient reported cessation of seizure activity. The follow up QUOLIE-89 outcome measure survey showed an improvement of 51.445 points, indicating a significant improvement in quality of life."
"A 21-year-old female presented with epilepsy that had plagued her for over a year. She claimed to suffer from two to three seizures a week while on a high dose of an antiepileptic drug. She lost fifty pounds and developed depression, anxiety, migraines, allergies, severe fatigue and memory loss."
" The patient underwent chiropractic adjustments along with traction, wobble and head weight exercises used by Pettibon practitioners. She received diversified high velocity spinal adjustments to reduce her subluxations that were found using x-ray analysis and palpation. The patient reported a change in her symptoms after two months of care with a cessation of all seizures after six months of care."
"The patient is a 2-year old male who suffered with seizures, behavioral disturbances and cognitive developmental delays following head trauma. He experienced 1-3 seizures per week and on some occasions up to three per day. He was combative, angry and uncooperative with the parents. The patient had a developmental impairment of his language use. The parents sought chiropractic care one year and three months after the injury."
" After performing a case history, physical examination and chiropractic evaluation it was determined that the patient had a subluxation of the C1 (atlas) vertebra. The patient received knee-chest upper cervical chiropractic care for a period of 5.5 months, which amounted to a total of seven visits. He was checked for vertebral subluxation during every visit and was adjusted three times over the course of care. There was improvement and eventual cessation of his seizure activity following the chiropractic care. There was also improvement in the patient's behavior and cognitive development."
"A 14 year-old female presented for chiropractic care with a history of 30-40 pseudoseizure events per month. Over a period of five months, a specific, conservative chiropractic adjustment regimen for the correction of vertebral subluxation was administered to the patient. The care plan was modified in accordance with outcome assessment measures, and during this time period the patient experienced a dramatic decrease in symptoms and frequency of seizures. Static electromyography (EMG) and thermal scanning were performed using the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA) InsightTM surface EMG and thermal scanning technology. Improvements were noted on the static and thermal surface EMG's over the course of the patient's care. The patient remains under chiropractic care at the time of this report, and has been seizure free for seven months."
"Thirty five month old girl presented into office with history of bilateral, intermittent headaches, epilepsy, behavioral and developmental delay, acid reflux, sleep disturbances, and vomiting. Subluxation-based specific chiropractic care was administered to the patient which resulted in complete resolution of bilateral head pain, acid reflux, vomiting, and sleeplessness. Significant improvements in ASD manifestations were also noted including calm behavior, increased eye contact, happier demeanor, improved attitude, increased focus and attention and an initiation to sound out words. She continues to progress as is evidenced by a significantly increased vocabulary, continued improvement in attention and focus, and complete lack of epileptic episodes."
"A nine-year-old girl presented with uncontrollable blinking of the left eye and fainting spells, previously diagnosed by a neurologist as occipital lobe epilepsy. High velocity and light force adjustments (Blair technique) were applied to the first cervical vertebra on three separate occasions. Other low force adjustments (Activator) were administered to various levels of the spinal column where vertebral subluxations existed. The patient's uncontrolled eye twitching decreased immediately following the first upper cervical adjustment and ceased completely 3 weeks following the final adjustment. The twitching has not resurfaced in approximately 2 years."
"The purpose of this case report is to describe the chiropractic management using upper cervical techniques of a 25-year-old woman diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME). A 25-year-old woman had a history of JME, which was diagnosed at the age of 14 years. Her seizure episodes began shortly after trauma to her cervical spine and the onset of menarche. After case history and physical examination, the patient received high-velocity, low-amplitude chiropractic spinal manipulation to her upper cervical spine using the Blair upper cervical chiropractic technique protocol. There was improvement in her seizure episodes and menstrual cycles following 12 weeks of chiropractic care."
"The present study reviews 17 reports of pediatric epileptic patients receiving chiropractic care. Fourteen of the 17 patients were receiving anticonvulsive medications, which had proven unsuccessful in the management of the condition. Upper cervical care to correct vertebral subluxation was administered to 15 patients, and all reported positive outcomes as a result of chiropractic care."
"Observations of one patient presenting with cortical blindness, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and recurrent otitis media are reported. Relief of symptoms is noted subsequent to correction of biomechanical aberrations of the occipito-atlanto-axial complex. The author suggests a relationship between biomechanical faults in the upper cervical spine and the manifestation of abnormal central neurophysiological processing."
Corrective chiropractic and upper cervical care has been providing hope for seizure and epilepsy sufferers. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for this unique style of spinal correction, call 843-399-0182 and ask to schedule a consultation.
We are taking the following precautionary measures in our office to ensure our office is an Oasis of Health:
We are open our normal business hours
No more Patient Clip Boards or Signing-In for the next few weeks to minimize cross-contamination (ie people touching less stuff in our office)
Chiropractic Tables Are Cleaned Between Each Patient
Children's toys have been removed from family room
Bathrooms are cleaned 2x/day
Surfaces in the office that are commonly touched areas are cleaned multiple times per hour (door handles, chairs, sink knobs, etc)
Patients that are sick are requested to stay home
Patients who are well are encouraged to make their appointments... chiropractic adjustments decrease stress on your body and increase immune system function
Staff that is Sick will not be allowed in the office