Seizures

The Medical Approach

Treatment of seizures or seizure like episodes ( convulsions, twitches, blinking, speech impairment, etc. ) include, but is not limited to the use of strong pharmaceutical medications, brain mapping / seizure induced therapy, MRI, CT, EEG, surgery, etc.

The Chiropractic Approach

Brief Anatomy of Brain and Brain Stem

Just as the skull protects the brain, the bones of the spine protect the brain stem and attached spinal cord.

Atlas or C1 (1st Cervical) is the first bone of the 24 moveable bones of the spine. It is located at the base of the skull and surrounds the brain stem. If it is turned on end, as it is in this picture, you will notice the large opening where the brain stem and attached spinal cord pass.

C1/C2 together make up the first two bones of the spine. They sit on top of each other perfectly aligned, providing the large opening for the brain stem and spinal cord to travel through.

Additional bones of the spine stack on top of C1/C2 like donuts protecting the spinal cord that runs through the center of them.

What causes a seizure?

The actual seizure or episode itself, whatever that may be, results when the bones of the spine ( typically of the upper cervical region C1/C2 ) mis-align or subluxate. This causes a narrowing of the spinal canal, thus putting direct pressure and stress on the brain stem and spinal cord.

 

The Chiropractic adjustment very gently and specifically corrects the mis-alignment or subluxtion within the spine. In doing so, the vertebrae return to their normal position. The diameter of the opening is increased which as a result takes pressure off the brain stem and spinal cord.

If you or your child struggle with seizures or seizure like episodes,

Ask yourself these questions ?

1) What injury could have possibly caused the Subluxation?

2) Was there Birth Trauma ?

  • Excessive pulling, twisting, or stretching of the child’s spine and nervous system ? (90 lbs – 120 lbs of pull)
  • Cesarean Birth ?
  • Forceps or Vacuum Extraction ? (140 lbs – 160 lbs of pull)

3) Was there an injury to the head or neck at any age ? ( This includes slips on ice, falls learning to walk or down the stairs, whiplash type injuries, concussions, etc.)

*All of these traumas warrent having your child’s spine and nervous system checked for subluxation by a Doctor of Chiropractic.