• Laura Comelleri

Chiropractic Care for Seizures

Updated: Sep 6


The word "Seizure" written on chalkboard

Suffering from seizures can be incredibly scary. Seizures usually occur without warning and cause the body to convulse uncontrollably. Sometimes seizures can be a single event, while other times, seizures may occur more often. Epilepsy is a seizure condition that is more common than you may think. Over 180,000 people across the country live with epilepsy every day. Doctors don’t always know what causes seizures to occur. While there is no cure for epilepsy, there are methods to manage this condition and decrease the amount of seizures. Chiropractic care is a natural method for managing seizures and a Franklin chiropractor can help you if you suffer from regular seizures.


Signs and Symptoms of Seizures


Seizures occur because of some malfunction within the brain. In children, seizures may be caused by a traumatic birth, such as lack of oxygen during delivery or a congenital condition. In adults, severe infections, Alzheimer’s, congenital conditions, or strokes can cause seizures. But sometimes, the cause of seizures is simply unknown. Seizures cause muscle spasms, convulsions, and unconsciousness. Because not much is known about the underlying cause of seizures, doctors are left to treat the symptoms as best they can. However, Franklin chiropractor Dr. Devan Arman seeks to treat the root cause of seizures through regular chiropractic care.


Managing Seizures Through Chiropractic Care


Research shows that the Vagus nerve may play a significant role in brain function, specifically pertaining to seizures. Through gentle adjustments from Dr. Arman of Unity Chiropractic, the Vagus nerve, located at the base of the skull, is stimulated. Upper cervical adjustments to remove spinal misalignments will remove nerve interference that may affect the function of the Vagus nerve and lead to dysfunction between the brain and the body, leading to seizures. With consistent chiropractic care, Dr. Arman is able to remove spinal misalignments to restore proper nerve function and address the root cause of frequent seizures. While medication is also an option to manage seizures, the fact remains that over 30% of those on seizure medication still experience no change in their condition, leaving them searching for other solutions. In addition, medication can have unpleasant side effects that only exacerbate health issues. Thankfully, chiropractic care is both natural and safe. It is also proven to be effective in instances when medication hasn’t helped.


Supporting Research


Scientific research has shown a positive correlation between chiropractic care and seizure management. Because seizures are related to brain function, it only makes sense that neurologically-based chiropractic care can offer relief. Stimulating the Vagus nerve is key to managing brain function related to seizures. The most effective way to stimulate the Vagus nerve is to adjust the upper spine. Chiropractic care is a proven method for improving nerve function throughout the body, as spinal alignment is important to overall health. To learn more about the importance of spinal health for overall health and wellness, including managing seizures, contact Dr. Devan Arman of Unity Chiropractic.



Sources


“Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders: A Review of Literature Relative to Chiropractic Care of Children.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2001 Mar-Apr; 24(3): 199-205. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11313616.


Koubeissi, M. “What Is Vagus Nerve Stimulation?” 24 Feb 2015. www.epilepsy.com/article/2015/2/what-vagus-nerve-stimulation.


Coburn, W. “Seizures and Epilepsy – Could Chiropractic Care Be the Answer?” www.chiropracticbalance.com/dr-coburns-blog/seizures_and_epilepsy_-_could_chiropractic_care_be_the_answer.

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