The July 20, 2017, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study documenting the resolution of seizures in a young man following chiropractic care. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, “A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain that usually affects how a person feels or acts for a short time.”
The study authors further explain seizures and their prevalence by noting. “Seizures can cause altered awareness, abnormal sensations, focal involuntary movements or convulsions. About 2% of adults have a seizure at some time during their life, and two-thirds of them have never experienced a seizure.”
The study points out that there is a difference between having seizures and having the condition of epilepsy. Epilepsy is a chronic brain disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. While those with epilepsy have seizures, not all those suffering with seizures have epilepsy.
There are several different types of seizures. The symptoms of seizures can vary with problems such as sudden unexplainable feelings of joy, anger, sadness, nausea, blinks, twitches, or unusual mouth movements. Additional symptoms of seizure can include staring into space, muscle twitches, stiffening of arms and legs, or a loss of consciousness.
In this case, a 20-year-old man went to the chiropractor for evaluation and management of symptoms related to his seizures. He had been experiencing the episodes of seizures, as well as anger and aggression, for the past 10 months. Additionally, he was having night tremors and was waking up multiple times per night. He also suffered from neck and lower back pain.
Two days earlier, he had been discharged from the hospital after having a series of tests including an MRI, EEG, blood work and lumbar puncture. He was discharged with no definitive diagnosis or result, and he was given prescriptions for multiple medications.
During a chiropractic examination, the man described a continuous aching, tightness and throbbing discomfort in the back of the neck. He described his pain as a 6 out of 10, with 10 being the worst. His lower back pain was continuous affecting him about 90% of the time. A posture analysis showed imbalances and muscle spasms were observed along his spine.
Thermography, surface EMG, spinal palpation and spinal x-rays lead to the conclusion of the presence of subluxations in the man’s spine. Adjustment of the spine to address the subluxations were started.
The study records that after the man’s first week of chiropractic adjustments, he reported that he no longer experienced any seizures. He also reported that he was sleeping better. By the 13th week of chiropractic care, he was doing so well that his neurologist took him off all his medications. In addition to the resolution of his seizures, the man noted a marked improvement in his neck and back pain.
In the conclusion of this study, the authors wrote, “This case demonstrates the resolution and successful chiropractic treatment of a 20-year-old patient with idiopathic seizures after one week of subluxation-based chiropractic care. The review of literature shows a group of case studies that have also shown a positive effect of chiropractic care as a treatment. The goal of subluxation-based chiropractic care is only for the removal of vertebral subluxations, which cause disturbances in the nervous system, and does not claim to be used as a treatment method for any illness, disease or disorder.”
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