Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Spartanburg

Seizures & Epilepsy

Affected by Seizures or Epilepsy? Find Out How We Can Help.

A seizure occurs when the body has abnormal movement, such as jerking, twitching, shaking, etc., as a result of unusual electrical activity in the brain. While not all seizures are the result of epilepsy, recurrent and otherwise unexplained seizures are often results of epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a disease that affects almost 72 million people. Those who have the disease experience seizures from time to time, which may be controlled by medication, therapy or holistic health methods.

There are different types and degrees of epilepsy, so not everyone who has the diagnosis will have major, reoccurring seizures. Some people with the disease only have small seizures that can only detected by brain scans or because the patient feels “off” during an episode.

People who experience seizures often report the following symptoms leading up to a seizure:

  • An aura or warning—an indescribable feeling that occurs prior to a seizure

  • Racing thoughts

  • Fear or panic

  • Unexplained euphoria

  • Dizziness

  • Lightheadedness

  • Loss of awareness

  • Blurry vision

  • Jerky body motion

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Lack of movement

  • Tremors

These symptoms are only a handful of those that can occur during a seizure. Everyone will react differently and these can range greatly depending on how severe the seizure is.

The main symptom of epilepsy is being prone to reoccurring seizures. A doctor will look at the patient’s seizure history and determine whether they could be caused by another source. When other issues have been ruled out, the diagnosis of epilepsy is then made.

Seizures themselves are caused by unusual electricity in the brain. This can be caused by a trauma or may simply be something that a person is born with.

If a person is susceptible to seizures, certain precautions can be taken to cut back on the number of seizures that occur, such as avoiding bright, flashing lights and physical activities that could cause head trauma.

Many people who suffer from seizures or who have been diagnosed with epilepsy were predisposed, with no clear cause of the disorder. Other potential causes of seizures include:

  • Head trauma

  • Brain tumors or infections

  • Intercranial bleeding

  • Stroke

  • Autism – about 1/3 of children with autism experience seizures

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Pressure on the brainstem from misaligned vertebra causing disruption between the brain tissues themselves, causing them not to function properly.

When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, the function of the brain stem can be affected, causing “electrical storms” that may develop into seizures. Through upper cervical care, these vertebrae are adjusted to their proper alignment to allow the correct communication from the brain stem to the rest of the body.

If you are experiencing seizures and have not found the cause, contact our office to schedule a consultation to determine if subluxation is the culprit.