If you or someone you know has epilepsy, you likely know how exhausting, dangerous, and frustrating it can be. Those with epilepsy can experience multiple seizures a day or have other pain in the body that comes from shaking or convulsions. Many patients don’t know that you can manage epilepsy with chiropractic care. Our team at Health And Wellness Clinic is here to help patients of all ages and do our best to provide relief for epileptic patients. Below is some more information about epilepsy and how our chiropractors can help in managing epilepsy with chiropractic care.
What Is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that happens from problems in the brain. Those with epilepsy experience consistent seizures which can come from many factors or triggers. As the fourth most common neurological disorder in the world, thousands of people experience the frustration and fatigue that accompanies seizures. A person has to have had more than two seizures to be diagnosed with EP. Those with epilepsy experience unprovoked seizures sometimes related to previous brain injuries or family genetics. Those who have epilepsy often are limited in tasks they can do, experience chronic fatigue, or have difficulty traveling long distances. Managing epilepsy with chiropractic care can help make these tasks easier.
Since the 19th century, chiropractors have been able to apply pressure and adjust the spine to help eliminate pinched nerves. Only around 20-30% of patients with epilepsy who took a seizure medication saw better results from the medication. When other traditional methods have not helped reduce the number of seizures, patients look for more natural remedies that have fewer side effects. Managing epilepsy with chiropractic care is a more natural way to find relief from consistent seizures.
Applying Pressure To The Vagus Nerve
Chiropractors and doctors alike have found the Vagus nerve is specifically connected to the brain and plays a big role in seizures. The Vagus nerve is the main nerve in the parasympathetic nervous system and deals with areas in your immune system, heart rate, and blood pressure as well.
Slight and gentle adjustments to this area can help patients manage their seizures and will help limit vertebral subluxations. Those who manage epilepsy with chiropractic care (especially younger patients) saw a reduced amount of seizures and felt they were able to better manage their symptoms of epilepsy. Healthy nerve function helps to heal multiple areas of the body naturally and ensures that your body can communicate about problems.
Helping Different Seizure Types
All patients with epilepsy are unique and may experience different varieties of seizures. There are Generalized seizures and Focal seizures that can vary from person to person. Managing epilepsy with chiropractic care will also have to be individualized and may change as the patient grows. Some seizures like Tonic-clonic seizures can cause muscle spasms, dizziness, and fainting, whereas Complex Focal seizures cause the person to be dazed and confused and have difficulty answering or speaking for a few minutes.
Because epilepsy occurs in the brain, there are still lots doctors and professionals do not know about the function and inner workings of the brain. Chiropractic care has been shown to help the body learn to regulate certain nerves and muscles on its own, without medication or surgery. Epilepsy with chiropractic care could help your brain create new neurological patterns and communicate with any damaged points in the body.
In a study done in 2001, teens and children who saw no improvement from medication saw significant improvement after having chiropractic adjustments in the neck and were able to better manage their epilepsy. Our goal at Health And Wellness Clinic is to treat each patient individually and create their own unique health plan.
Unique Care With Health And Wellness Clinic
Each member of our team at the Health And Wellness Clinic is here to make sure you have a comfortable experience while in our clinic and receive only the specific procedures you need. Our chiropractors have the proper experience and training to perform spinal manipulation and other laser therapies. Chiropractic care can be performed even on patients who do not have any symptoms of illness or pain. If seeking out medication or surgery has not yielded proper results, chiropractic care may be a better treatment method.
Chiropractic can be completed in short time periods and often doesn’t have any side effects so you can resume normal daily activities right after your appointment. Managing epilepsy with chiropractic care is much safer for patients and is relatively low maintenance. Speaking with one of our chiropractors will help you understand how your spine affects the whole body. Reach out to our office to schedule your appointment today.