Can Chiropractic Care Help Manage Seizures?

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Epilepsy is a disorder that affects the lives of over 180,000 people across the nation.  This condition causes seizures or convulsions that impact the activity of the brain.  Epilepsy can affect men, women, and children alike.  It can make people feel out of control, but there are methods that can help manage seizures.  If you experience seizures, no matter how often and whether they are associated with epilepsy or not, chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor can help decrease how often seizures occur and their severity.

The Causes of Seizures

For some, the cause of seizures can be related to other health issues.  For children, lack of oxygen at birth, childhood trauma, congenital conditions, and Autism can cause seizures.  In adults, strokes or severe infections can lead to seizures.  Often times the causes of seizures is simply unknown. When you don’t know the exact cause of seizures, it can be difficult to know what to do to manage this condition. 

What Are My Options for Seizure Treatment?

The first option for treating epilepsy and seizures is usually medication.  While medication can be beneficial for many, the problem still remains that over 30% of those taking medication experience no change at all in their seizures.  Medication also comes with additional risks, such as potentially harmful side effects that can cause even more problems.  Other methods for managing seizures include stimulating the vagus nerve.  This nerve has been linked to seizure disorders.  A technological device implanted into the body can electrically stimulate the vagus nerve to reduce seizures, but the thought of having an invasive procedure to implant this device can be scary.  Many don’t want to resort to invasive procedures if they don’t have to.  So what else can be done?  Neurologically-based chiropractic care from Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela can be a noninvasive, natural method for managing seizures effectively, safely, and with no negative side effects.

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

If you only associate chiropractic care with easing back or neck pain, you’re missing out on the amazing benefits of chiropractic care for overall health.  Because the vagus nerve has been associated with seizure disorders, neurologically-based chiropractic care with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic only makes scientific sense.  Chiropractic care focuses on removing spinal misalignments that can cause nerve interference, affecting the vagus nerve and leading to dysfunction.  Pressing on the side of the neck and addressing problem areas in the upper spine are two ways to stimulate the vagus nerve.  Healthy nerve function through chiropractic care can address the root cause of seizures and can reduce instances of seizures. Studies have also found that chiropractic care can significantly impact those with epilepsy.  One study looked at seventeen people with seizure disorders.  After no change from medication, fifteen people decided to undergo chiropractic care and experienced positive results. 

If you or someone you love is affected by epilepsy or another seizure disorder, consider natural and safe chiropractic care.  Call Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae chiropractic today to schedule a consultation

 

 

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“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.