Chiropractic Helps Child With Seizures - A Case Study
In the Volume 6, No. 3, 2005
issue of the peer reviewed Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics is a
scientifically reported case study of an infant suffering from seizures who
was helped by chiropractic.
The child in this case study
was a 5 month old boy who, according to his parents, cried
continuously, slept minimally, and experienced up to 8 seizures per day.
Additionally, the child recently had surgery to close sutures on
the left side of his head. The
mother also noted that her son had a constant head tilt to the left and
could not rotate his head and neck to the right.
The chiropractic examination
on the child was difficult as it was noted that the infant was in severe
distress and cried during the entire procedure. However, it was
determined that there were problems (subluxations) in various areas of the
neck, mid back and lower spine.
adjustments were started and continued for several weeks, followed by
periodic follow ups. The outcome of the care was immediately positive as the
number of seizures started decreasing after the first adjustment.
Several weeks into the care the child seemed to have a regression for one
day as he experienced five seizures in that day. However, following
this episode he was seizure free for the next week. This was the first
week of his life that he was seizure free.
By the sixth week of care the
child's life had been drastically changed for the better. He was
having no seizures between adjustments, he was sleeping all night and he was
eating properly for a child his age. The case study noted that these
improvements represented a significant improvement to the child's quality of
The author of the study,
Nancy Brown, D.C., notes that each year approximately 150,000 children and
adolescents have a seizure. She points out that seizures are a sudden onset
of abnormal electrical discharges within the brain. She further points
out that the medical approach is to medicate in order to suppress the
abnormal electrical impulses. However, she points out that there is no way
to suppress the abnormal impulses without suppressing the normal ones which
would be needed for normal function and development. She states, "A
chiropractic approach may therefore be of more benefit as it will correct
the abnormal impulses not just suppress them."