Epilepsy and Chiropractic
Throughout chiropractic’s 118 year history it has often faced extreme challenges and prejudices. The only reason it still exists is because of the valuable service it has given to mankind. “Miracle” cases kept chiropractic growing in the face of daunting adversity.
The reality is that these “miracle” cases are merely the result of applying the scientific principles and techniques upon which chiropractic is based.
Epilepsy is classified as a brain disorder in which normal neuronal patterns become disturbed. In other words, the nervous system is interpreting and processing information incorrectly.
Because the entire premise and practice of chiropractic is dedicated to removing stress from the nervous system, it is no wonder that epileptic conditions and other nervous system dysfunctions have the potential to respond positively to chiropractic care.
Vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of a vertebra causing neurologic stress and impairment. When these subluxations are corrected, normal nervous system function is restored, allowing the body’s health and function to normalize. The most likely source of subluxations that affect people with epilepsy are found in the upper neck, or cervical, region.
With the proximity of the brain stem and other delicate and intricate central nervous system tissues, vertebral subluxation in this region can have profound impact on one’s health and function.
Vertebral subluxation occurs when the body encounters excessive amounts of physical, chemical and/or mental stress.
Every scientist, architect and mechanic understands that structure affects function. If you took out a support beam in your house, it would dramatically affect the function of your house’s frame and cause serious problems.
Our bodies are no different.
When vertebral subluxation occurs, it necessarily causes neurological stress which then affects our health and function. Restoring the normal structure can have a dramatic impact on our health and lives as seen in the video above and below.
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The following testimonial is from a practice member about her experience with chiropractic in our office:
“In regards to Epilepsy and Chiropractic…
First let me tell you these basic principles about both.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition, which affects the nervous system and a symptom of something going on in the brain. Seizures seen in epilepsy are caused by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain. The seizures in epilepsy may be related to a brain injury or a family tendency, but most of the time the cause is unknown. -epilepsy.com
Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline based on the fact that the nervous system coordinates all of the body’s functions, and that dysfunction results from a lack of normal nerve function. Chiropractic employs spinal adjustments to remove stress from the nervous system due to displacement (subluxation) of a vertebral body. Misalignment and nerve pressure can cause problems not only in the local area, but also at some distance from it. Chiropractic is effective for muscle spasms of the back and neck, tension headaches, and may be useful for other ailments.- adapted from medicinenet.com
With that being said often when you have a seizure your muscles tense up and occasionally you hit things which causes your body/spine to move out of alignment and cause a subluxation. It is essential to get an adjustment to keep your nerves functioning and reaching your brain signals in the correct manner. If you don’t get this alignment your nerves are cut off at certain points and stop the signals from the brain to the body which can cause speech issues, memory issues, uncomforted in the simplest of tasks, and often depression/ decline of several body functions.
When I first started chiropractic I was living a reckless lifestyle and realized it was taking its toll on me. I often had 10-15 seizures in the first year. As I progressed with chiropractic, I not only changed my mental mindset on life but physical as well. I was seeing Dr. T about 3 times a week in the beginning, and tapered out to once every 2 weeks. My energy level has sky rocketed and I am glad to have been brought back to life through the amazing techniques of chiropractic. I have been seizure free now for 3 years with only pressure headaches ever so frequently. I have slowly also been able to take less and less of my meds ( with my medical doctor’s approval of course) which is amazing for me. I would recommend the natural healthy way of healing your body with chiropractic to everyone, it might not happen over night but it can change your life and who knows maybe one day you won’t need medication anymore. Once you align your body and mind, the rest is up to you and being healthy is just another way to succeed in life.”
– Megan P.
Dr. Tullius speaks regularly on chiropractic and epilepsy and other health and well-being topics. If you would like to book Dr. Tullius for a presentation to your support group or organization, call (619) 363-5073 or email us today at info@SanDiegoCountyChiropractor.com.
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