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Chiropractic Care Can Help Epilepsy


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Chiropractic has become very popular and the most preferred method of treatment for millions of people all over the world today. People who have realized that going to a medical doctor involves drugs and surgery and also lot of money, are turning to this method of treating pain and various other diseases.

Many parents, whose children are suffering from epilepsy, have come to understand how chiropractic can reduce seizures and are now seeking the help of chiropractors to know about chiropractic treatments for epilepsy. Epilepsy which is known as seizure disorder is a condition that affects the nervous system. The electrical signals in the brain are disturbed resulting in seizures. It is a disorder that is feared both by the patient and the people around. Actually it should not be neglected, and with proper treatment the symptoms can be cured.

Though severe cases of epilepsy is treated through a brain surgery, normally the treatment are drug therapy, which is prescribing anti-convulsant drug which controls the electrical currents in the brain, preventing seizures and by a diet known as Ketogenic Diet, a popular diet plan, which can be followed by children and adults to prevent the occurrence of seizures. Another treatment for epilepsy is the Vagus Nerve Stimulation where a small device is implanted under the skin of the chest and collar bone which sends electric signal to the brain through the vagus nerve to control the seizures.

Now let’s take a look at what is chiropractic treatment for epilepsy? There are various causes for epilepsy and upper cervical misalignment may be one of them as there is a relationship between upper cervical subluxation and epileptic conditions and in this case a chiropractor treats epilepsy through upper cervical chiropractic care. A Chiropractor first examines the patient and performs certain procedures which include an x-ray to confirm that the epilepsy is due to subluxations in the upper cervical spine and when this is confirmed then the chiropractor performs upper cervical adjustment. There are many cases in which pediatric seizure episodes have improved due to chiropractic care.

There are various types of epilepsy seizures and the seizures can last for a few seconds or a few minutes, depending on the type of epilepsy. Chiropractic adjustment is aligning the misaligned bone and since chiropractic is ‘treatment by hands’, the chiropractor applies pressure by hand on the misaligned bone to align it. A severe case of epilepsy can cause substantial disability and in some cases can even lead to brain damage. Chiropractic care has proved to reduce seizures in various epilepsy cases. In fact a child who had 5-6 seizures per day, after chiropractic care was found to have only about 5 seizures per month. Similar is the case of many children who were suffering from epilepsy seizures.

Chiropractic care has found to have positive results in reducing seizures in pediatric epileptic patients through correction of upper cervical vertebra subluxation and chiropractic is now being accepted as an alternate health care approach for pediatric epileptic patients.

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