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What are Seizures and Epilepsy?
Seizures are caused by an electrical disturbance in the brain; this can lead to the brain firing signals uncontrollably. Many different conditions can cause seizures, but epilepsy is the most common cause. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that triggers seizures.
Some 3 million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy; one in ten people will suffer from at least one seizure in their lifetime. Epilepsy or recurring seizures can be scary and very debilitating. Treatments vary depending on the cause of the condition. New research that proves promising shows a strong link between seizures and misalignments of the upper cervical spine.
Signs and Symptoms of Seizures and Epilepsy
The body often gives warning signs of a coming seizure, be they from epilepsy or other causes. A person may feel dizzy, spaced out, or otherwise odd. You may have headaches, nausea, lose sensations in certain parts of the body, or faint. You may experience uncontrollable jerking of the arms or legs.
Seizures generally involve a loss of awareness. Some people may simply appear to be staring or daydreaming, though they can’t be snapped out of it by calling their names or making noises. For others, a seizure involves full bodily convulsions, flailing, jerking, or frothing at the mouth. Some people during a seizure will lose control of the bladder or bowels, or may even stop breathing.
To those witnessing a seizure, it may seem to last forever, but most seizures last from 30 seconds to two minutes. If a person with epilepsy has a seizure that lasts longer than that, or if the person is not known to suffer from seizures, emergency services should be contacted immediately.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Seizures and Epilepsy
The upper cervical spine consists of the vertebrae that start at the base of the skull and run down through the neck. These vertebrae sit just below the brainstem, supporting and protecting the neural pathways along the central nervous system. When these vertebrae are misaligned, they can cause inflammation and swelling, compressing or pinching nerves that control the musculoskeletal system.
When nerve signals along the central nervous system are disrupted, a host of health problems can result. The miscommunication between the brain and the musculoskeletal system may result in uncontrolled muscle contractions, jerking, and seizures.
How Our Upper Cervical Treatment for Seizures and Epilepsy Works
Since the health of the upper cervical spine is vital for sufferers of seizures and/or epilepsy, regular visits to a qualified chiropractor who specializes in this area may be a great addition to your treatment plan. Dr. Elizabeth Hoefer of Well Connected Chiropractic is a specialist in upper cervical spine care, trained in the Blair Chiropractic Technique.
The Blair technique is unlike the usual chiropractic treatment most people think of, which involves jerking twists and snaps with loud pops. Instead, using the Blair technique, Dr. Hoefer will examine and calculate misalignments of your spine using advanced diagnostic imaging tools. This allows the doctor to precisely pinpoint areas of concern. Corrections are gentler because less pressure needs to be applied.
Chiropractic care can be a safe, drug-free, effective treatment to help sufferers of seizures or epilepsy. Dr. Hoefer services patients in Orange County, including Anaheim, Rancho Santa Margarita, Dana Point, San Clemente, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, and Santa Ana.