November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month
A seizure is the outward sign of a dysfunction in the electrical system in the brain. Seizures that occur more than once are called epilepsy (also called a seizure disorder). Seizures may be convulsions, brief stares, muscle spasms, odd sensations, or episodes of automatic behavior and altered consciousness. About 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. It is estimated that one in every ten Americans has had, or will have, a seizure at some point in their lives
How HIO Specific Chiropractic Care Relates to Epilepsy
While the exact cause of seizures and epilepsy is unknown, medical researchers have focused upon traumatic brain injury; specifically mild concussive injury to the head, neck, or upper back as a risk factor for seizure onset. Following the injury, seizures can be triggered immediately or can take months or years to develop.
The two main jobs of the brain are to store information and to produce electricity. The electricity and stored information from the brain is then passed off to the brainstem. It’s the brainstems job to relay that electricity and information in an organized fashion to the rest of the body. This is why the brainstem has been nicknamed “Houston Control.” Like the command center of the Apollo space program, the brainstem coordinates and monitors the raw data so the functions or “missions” of the body can be controlled soundly: the pumping of blood through the circulatory system, exchanging oxygen/carbon dioxide in the lungs, balancing the electrical potential in muscles, etc.
When a concussive injury or force occurs in the head, neck or upper back region, it can cause the two top bones of the neck to slip out of their normal alignment and put pressure on the brainstem and surrounding tissues. This is called a vertebral subluxation. With this pressure now on the brainstem, it can irritate this delicate nerve tissue and adversely effect its ability to control the output of electricity in a controlled manner. This dysfunction in the electrical output could result in seizures and/or epilepsy in some people.
The purpose of care at OHIO Specific Chiropractic is to reduce the vertebral subluxation; thereby reducing irritation to the nerves in the brainstem and spinal cord that can trigger neurological dysfunction. While many seizure sufferers recall specific traumas such as head injuries, auto accidents or falls, some do not. In certain pediatric cases, the injury can occur from the modern birthing process. A HIO Specific examination, utilizing Laser-aligned Radiography and Scientific Chiropractic Instrumentation, is necessary to assess whether an upper cervical injury resulting in a vertebral subluxation is present and whether benefit from care at OHIO Specific Chiropractic can be achieved.