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Epilepsy Seizure Disorders Chiropractic

10 Nov

Epilepsy / Seizure Disorders and Chiropractic

Below are exciting research articles that can give hope to people who have epilepsy or seizure disorders.  It highlights the importance that the spinal cord and spine can have on seizures.  Read the articles below and become curious.  If you have questions, ask!

Medically, there are many pharmacological and invasive strategies to attempt to reduce the episodes –

But what can be done naturally to support a child with epilepsy or seizure disorders?

Chiropractic care is a great way to naturally support a person with epilepsy or seizure disorders.

How does Chiropractic support a person with Epilepsy or seizure disorders?

Chiropractic care aims to support the body naturally by reducing interference on the nervous system that is created by the bones of the spine. When interference or irritation of the nerve system is reduced with the help of specific Chiropractic adjustments the body has a better ability to function. This is beneficial in children and adults who are living with epilepsy or seizure disorders as it is a neurological problem that is greatly affecting function in the nerve system.

How do I know if there is nerve interference created by the bones of the spine?

A nervous system that is irritated and interfered with is not always painful. Many times the body simply has a difficulty functioning and can go haywire. For that reason, a Chiropractic exam is important.

A Chiropractic exam will help to identify areas of the spine that can be interfering with the nerve system. These areas are called vertebral subluxations. If there are vertebral subluxations, a plan will be created that aims to reduce the nerve interference by addressing the subluxations – supporting the body towards a natural state of health.

We are here to help,

Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Epilepsy and seizure disorders: a review of literature relative to chiropractic care of children. Pistolese RA



To review the currently available literature regarding chiropractic care relative to patients with epilepsy, particular emphasis being placed on those who have epilepsy as children.


The Index to Chiropractic Literature was searched for the years 1980 through 1998 through use of the keywords epilepsy and seizure. The MANTIS database was searched for the years 1970 through 2000 through use of the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) keywords chiropractic, epilepsy, seizure, and child/children. In addition, a MEDLINE search of the literature was performed for the years 1966 through 2000 through use of the same subject headings.


The present study reviews 17 reports of pediatric epileptic patients receiving chiropractic care. Fourteen of the 17 patients were receiving anticonvulsive medications, which had proven unsuccessful in the management of the condition. Upper cervical care to correct vertebral subluxation was administered to 15 patients, and all reported positive outcomes as a result of chiropractic care.


Chiropractic care may represent a nonpharmaceutical health care approach for pediatric epileptic patients. Current anecdotal evidence suggests that correction of upper cervical vertebral subluxation complex might be most beneficial. It is suggested that chiropractic care be further investigated regarding its role in the overall health care management of pediatric epileptic patients.

Epilepsy Halton Peel Hamilton

Dr. Callum Peever and Dr. Aisling Lanigan took time to educate and answer questions from the Epilepsy Halton Peel Hamilton organization September 30, 2013. Dr. Callum Peever focused on the concepts of Chiropractic and how they can be applied to people living with the various forms of Epilepsy. Dr. Aisling Lanigan discussed Naturopathic strategies to address people living with Epilepsy. Check out their organization at

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Carol, Dr. Peever, and Dr. Lanigan presenting at the Epilepsy Halton Peel Hamilton meeting

Chiropractic care and Epileptic Seizure improvement

The spine has a large connection to the spinal cord which can impact a person’s brain neurology.  Below is a research report on a case where a patient’s chiropractic care was able to help her improve her epileptic seizures. Incredible to see the power of an adjustment to improve a young lady’s life! – Dr. Callum Peever

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

 “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 50 pounds and developed depression, anxiety, migraines, allergies, severe fatigue and memory loss.”

“Intervention 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 palpitation. The patient reported a change in her symptoms after two months of care with a cessation of all seizures after six months.”

“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.”

“Due to the limitations in the effectiveness faced with antiepileptic drugs, alternative methods are being used globally to gain control over the seizures. These alternative methods include changes in diet, increase in exercise and a decrease in stress.”

How a subluxated spine can impact epileptic seizures

A subluxation is when a bone in the spine is misaligned and creating interference on the nerves.  This can have large impacts on how the brain and body are able to function, as seen in this case.  Fortunately, by addressing these subluxations in the spine the interference on the nerves can be reduced and function improved.  Read further to see how the researches connect how a subluxated spine can impact epilepsy, and how a chiropractic adjustment can help.

“Because the patient experienced seizures in the temporal lobe, a theoretical model can be proposed of the connection between the adjustment and its effect on the temporal lobe. During an adjustment, muscle spindles, golgi tendon organs, and mechanoreceptors become activated. The information can be sent through the spinothalamic tract.”

“Kent suggests that biomechanical dysfunction caused by a subluxation can alter the signals sent by these nociceptors and mechanoreceptors. The premise of this theory is that an altered input can lead altered output or dysponesis. The most basic definition of a vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of the vertebra that causes interference in the nervous system.”

“An alteration of the message sent from these receptors to the brain via spinothalamic tract can cause altered reception according to the dysafferentation theory. Altered information can cause hyper-activity of the tract that would be interpreted ad a hyper-responsiveness sent to the temporal lobe. This hyper-activity of the temporal lobe is seen in those with temporal lobe seizures.”


“A case of a 23-year-old female suffering from grand mal seizures was presented. The patient’s symptoms improved shortly into care and resolved completely six months into care. Her condition was improved under Diversified and Pettitbon chiropractic care while also using cervical traction, wobble and anterior head weights. The purpose of this paper was to hypothesize a connection between vertebral subluxations and temporal lobe epilepsy.”

Resolution of Seizures following Chiropractic care utilizing a diversified technique

Below is the abstract and link to a Chiropractic research article that highlights the importance that the spine can have on seizure disorders and how Chiropractic care can be helpful.

Resolution of Seizures in a 20-year-old male following chiropractic care to reduce vertebral subluxation

Objective: The purpose of this case study is to report the effects of
subluxation-based chiropractic care on a 20-year-old male with seizures, neck and low back pain.

Clinical Features: A 20-year-old male presents with seizures of unknown origin, who was hospitalized three times over the course of one year. Patient also presented with severe neck and low back pain.

Intervention and Outcome: After case history and physical examination, subluxation-based chiropractic care was initiated. High velocity, low amplitude adjustments were performed using Diversified Technique. One week after initiation of care, seizure activity ceased. Chiropractic care continued and patient was taken off all seizure medications at 13 weeks by his neurologist.

Conclusion: The findings presented in this case study suggest that
subluxation-based chiropractic adjustments may benefit patients who suffer from seizure disorders. This case demonstrates the need for further research to examine how various chiropractic techniques may provide this benefit.

“The patient was adjusted using the Diversified Technique
which utilizes a specific contact with a high velocity and low
amplitude thrust. Thrust is given specifically at the segments
where vertebral subluxations were found during the physical
examination. The decision making process for finding
subluxations using Diversified Technique are static palpation,
motion palpation, X-ray and postural analysis.”

This patient had a posture that showed a right head flexion and a left posterior pelvic rotation.  There were also muscle spasms along the spine and a right short leg.  There was also painful movements and spinal regions.  Subluxations were determined to be at C1, C2, the sacrum, and the left ilium.  Static and dynamic surface electromyography (SEMG) was also performed to assess the patient’s paraspinal tension.

The patient had a quick improvement time and was sleeping much better within the first week of Chiropractic care.   He was adjusted 3 times a week for the first month, then 1-2 times per week for the following five months.  The patient was taken off all seizure medication by his neurologist at the 13th week.

Reduction of Seizures & Self Aggression Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Upper Cervical Subluxation in a 3 Year Old Male

Reduction of Seizures & Self Aggression Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Upper Cervical Subluxation in a 3 Year Old Male – 2018

This infant had epileptic seizures for 2 years before seeking out Chiropractic care.  While under an initial course of Chiropractic care for 8 weeks the child went from 5 seizures per day to 1 seizure every other day.  The child also stopped his self aggression! (“hitting his head with his fists”).

The main subluxation identified in this child was his atlas (first bone in the upper neck).  Instantly after being adjusted the child’s body relaxed and found balance along the spine and nerve system.  This is extremely important and will help this child live towards a normal life.

Be curious and ensure that your family’s spine and nerve system are checked and adjusted accordingly.  Call us in Mississauga.

Resolution of post-traumatic epilepsy

This is a case study research report of how Chiropractic care was able to help a 19 year old recover after a brain injury that led to epileptic seizures.  Interesting to see how the upper neck can create so much problems in the brain.  And by correcting the neck problem through Chiropractic the body was able to normalize.  Read the article to get curious!

Resolution of Post-traumatic Epilepsy, Headaches & Dizziness Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care in a 19-Year-Old Male: Case Study & Review of the Literature

“To report on the positive health outcomes of a young adult with posttraumatic epilepsy undergoing chiropractic care and review the related literature.

A 19-year-old male diagnosed with posttraumatic epilepsy following a traumatic brain injury six months prior presents to a chiropractor’s office with signs of vertebral subluxation as well as episodes of headaches and dizziness.

The vertebral subluxation was addressed using Grostic analysis and adjustments to reduce an Atlas subluxation. Post radiographs taken after the first adjustment revealed a reduction of the subluxation. The frequency of seizures began declining with the initiation of adjustments and completely resolved. His headaches and dizziness also improved. He remained seizure free in a 10 year follow-up.”

6 responses to “Epilepsy Seizure Disorders Chiropractic”

  1. I am 36 year old male looking for answers on my my epilepsy problem that I have had since 2015. I have all kids of different ones from grand maul to focal. I have been on lots of different medication and the side effects are horrible like memory loss and tiredness mood swings and just wanna get my life back on track. I was in a car accident in 2006 and was had some chiropractic work done after like had my neck adjustded but then stoped then stoped then it started in 2015.

    • Hi Dave,
      Sorry to hear about your problem. Get an exam by a Chiropractor to examine your upper neck, and spine/nerve system in general. If there are issues that they can assist with they will be able to let you know. If you have any questions, definitely ask.
      Sincerely, Dr. Callum Peever

  2. Hi, I bears a Brother who is currently 28 years suffering from epilepsy for the last 6 years, I have been trying all possibilities to stop the condition but after examining on brain scanning there was no sign of epilepsy yet it continues to disturb but again in recent we found out that the boy is suffering from back bone error and the Doctors suggest for traction and I am still to see the results whether it can stop the epilepsy.

    • Hi,

      That is unfortunate to hear about your brother but it is good news that the brain scan is clear. I would definitely suggest consulting with a Chiropractor as Chiropractors are experts at the spine and how it interacts with the spinal cord. There are many specific ways to test and adjust the upper neck beyond simple traction. Discuss with the Chiropractor the options and their individual expertise. Ask questions and be curious.

  3. Please contact me regarding my daughter who is 21 years old. She has been having seizures for the past six years. She is on two antiseizures medications. She is underweight and her overall health is of concern. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Thank you,
    Barbara Smith

    • Hi Barbara,

      I am sorry to hear about your daughter’s health. I would encourage you to get checked at the best chiropractic office you can in your area to see if the spine is interfering with the spinal cord/brain. If it is, I would make efforts to work towards correcting that problem in order to give your daughter the best opportunity to work towards improved health. I will try to call as well to connect and make sure your questions are answered.

      Dr. Callum Peever

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