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Resolution of Chronic Epileptic Seizures & Improved Cervical Curve Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Report

Blake Livingood, D.C., Sogoal Feizi, D.C.

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ August 1, 2016 ~ Pages 67-72


Objective: The purpose of this case study is to consider the effectiveness of chiropractic care on a young female with a case of epilepsy. 

Clinical Features: A 21-year-old female presented with epilepsy that had plagued her for over a year. She claimed to suffer from two to three seizures a week while on a high dose of an antiepileptic drug. She lost fifty pounds and developed depression, anxiety, migraines, allergies, severe fatigue and memory loss.

Interventions and Outcomes: The patient underwent chiropractic adjustments along with traction, wobble and head weight exercises used by Pettibon practitioners. She received diversified high velocity spinal adjustments to reduce her subluxations that were found using x-ray analysis and palpation. The patient reported a change in her symptoms after two months of care with a cessation of all seizures after six months of care. 

Conclusions: Diversified chiropractic adjustments paired with cervical traction, wobble and anterior head weights seem to provide beneficial relief for a young female suffering from epilepsy. Research on chiropractic and epilepsy is limited and it is recommended to further research the connection between the two. 

Key Words: Epilepsy, seizure, chiropractic, Pettibon, adjustment, traction, head weight, wobble, vertebral subluxation, spinal manipulation

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