Epilepsy and Chiropractic

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Chiropractic Research Results for Epilepsy

Upper Cervical Care in a Nine-Year-Old Female
With Occipital Lobe Epilepsy: A Case Study

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research 2011 (Feb 3): 10–17

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.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for a 25-year-old Woman
With Myoclonic Seizures

Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2010 (Jun);   9 (2):   90–94

A 25-year-old woman diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy was diagnosed at the age of 14 years. Her seizure episodes began shortly after trauma to her cervical spine and the onset of menarche. This 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.

Treatment of Bipolar, Seizure, and Sleep Disorders
and Migraine Headaches Utilizing a Chiropractic Technique

J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2004 (Mar);   27 (3):   E5 ~ FULL TEXT

This case report details the history of a 23-year-old man suffering from bipolar disorder, sleep disorder, seizures, migraine headaches, and neck and back pain following a headfirst fall; the 18-month intervention of chiropractic care utilizing an upper cervical technique; and the patient's response. Evidence of an upper cervical subluxation was found using paraspinal digital infrared imaging and upper cervical radiographs. It was corrected by performing a specific adjustment to the first cervical vertebra according to radiographic findings. The upper neck subluxation could have been caused by an accident in which the patient fell headfirst into the ground while pole vaulting. All of the patient's conditions were absent by the seventh month of care and remained absent at the conclusion of care. Further investigation into upper cervical injury and resulting neuropathophysiology as a possible etiology or contributing factor to bipolar disorder, sleep disorder, seizures, and headaches should be pursued.

Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders:
A Review of Literature Relative to Chiropractic Care of Children

J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001 (Mar);   24 (3):   199–205 ~ FULL TEXT

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. Chiropractic care may represent a nonpharmaceutical health care approach for pediatric epileptic patients. Current anecdotal evidence suggests that correction of upper cervical vertebral subluxation complex might be most beneficial. It is suggested that chiropractic care be further investigated regarding its role in the overall health care management of pediatric epileptic patients.

Chiropractic Management of a Patient with Subluxations, Low Back Pain
and Epileptic Seizures

J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1998 (Jul);   21 (6):   410–418

Chiropractic adjustments using a specific-contact, short-lever arm, high-velocity, low-amplitude maneuver (i.e., Gonstead) were applied to the subluxations at the cervical, thoracic and lumbopelvic region. The patient's reported low back pain and neck complaints improved and her seizure frequency decreased. At 1.5-yr follow-up, the patient reported her low back complaints had resolved and her seizures had decreased (period between seizures as great as 2 months).

Cortical Blindness, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, and Recurring Otitis Media:
A Case Study in Chiropractic Management

Today’s Chiropractic 1998 (May);   27 (3):   16–25 ~ FULL TEXT

This article has three main objectives. The first is to present the clinical picture of a patient, with a constellation of medically diagnosed conditions, that has been given almost no hope of improvement. Secondly, the presentation of a chiropractic evaluation method focusing upon the detection of abnormal upper cervical biomechanics and neuropathophysiology. And lastly, to detail the management and outcome of the patient via correction of occipito-atlanto-axial biomechanics using a specific upper cervical approach which combines specialized adjusting procedures with objective neurophysiological monitoring.

EEG and CEEG Studies Before and After Upper Cervical or SOT Category II
Adjustment in Children After Head Trauma, in Epilepsy and in "Hyperactivity"

Proceedings of the National Conference on Chiropractic & Pediatrics 1992 (Nov);   84–139

Localization and categorization of central nervous system dysfunction the EEG or CEEG before and after chiropractic adjustment in case histories of five children will be presented. Conventional EEG studies demonstrate responses of two children with petit mal (absent seizures) with potential for generalizing into grand mal. Upper cervical adjustment reduced invasion of primary epileptic foci into surrounding regions of the brain and concurrently reduced the frequency of seizures over a four month period.

Contact Between Preschool Children with Chronic Diseases and the Authorized
Health Services and Forms of Alternative Therapy

Ugeskr Laeger 1989 (Jul 10);   151 (28):   1815–1818

A questionnaire investigation was undertaken to study the circumstances of life of 115 families with children aged 0-7 years suffering from asthma, diabetes and epilepsy. Their contacts with the authorized and alternative therapeutic systems were investigated. One third of the sick children had received alternative treatment. The majority had consulted chiropractors. 73% of the parents reported that the treatment had been of benefit to their child. Among parents of asthmatic children who had received chiropractic treatment, 92% considered this treatment beneficial.


Other Management Approaches for Epilepsy

Natural Approaches to Epilepsy
Alternative Medicine Review 2007 (Mar);   12 (1):   9–24

This article reviews research on the use of diet, nutritional supplements, and hormones in the treatment of epilepsy. Potentially beneficial dietary interventions include identifying and treating blood glucose dysregulation, identifying and avoiding allergenic foods, and avoiding suspected triggering agents such as alcohol, aspartame, and monosodium glutamate. The ketogenic diet may be considered for severe, treatment-resistant cases. The Atkins diet (very low in carbohydrates) is a less restrictive type of ketogenic diet that may be effective in some cases. Nutrients that may reduce seizure frequency include vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin E, manganese, taurine, dimethylglycine, and omega-3 fatty acids.


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