Seizures/EpilepsyEpilepsy is a chronic (long-standing) brain disorder characterized by recurrent seizures—excessive electrical activity in the brain that cause sudden changes in behavior. In a seizure, clusters of nerve cells (neurons) in the brain fire at a much
|faster rate than normal. The symptoms of seizures vary widely, depending on the part of the brain affected. Symptoms may range from muscle stiffening, twitching, jerking, shaking, and loss of consciousness, to a blank stare that may last only a few seconds. Some people with epilepsy may experience seizures only rarely; others may have hundreds of seizures a day. Although there are many known causes of epilepsy—including brain damage resulting from trauma, stroke, heart attack, infectious disease, drug abuse, or abnormal brain development—sometimes the cause is unknown.
How NUCCA treatment can help
The type of epilepsy that has been proven to be most treatable by NUCCA care is that caused by trauma. In the case of direct head trauma, the atlas (or C-1) vertebra can misalign and cause compression of the brain stem. When this compression occurs, the neurons tend to fire faster—a process that may lead to a seizure.
NUCCA can help by correcting the spinal misalignments caused by trauma and removing compression of the brain stem and surrounding nerves. After nerve irritation has been removed, proper communication is restored between the brain and spinal cord, and the surrounding nerves. In many cases, patients with epilepsy see great improvements in their condition once the irritation to the nervous system is removed.
Epilepsy Foundation Web site. Available at: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org. Accessed March 9, 2005.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Web site. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/epilepsy/detail_epilepsy.htm. Accessed March 8 , 2005.
Parker JN, Parker PM. The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Seizures and Epilepsy . San Diego , Calif : Icon Health Publications, 2002.
- Epilepsy Foundation
National charitable organization dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy through education, advocacy, services, and research.
- Epilepsy Institute
Nonprofit organization providing comprehensive social services and resources for people with epilepsy and their families.
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Nation's leading supporter of biomedical research on brain and nervous system disorders; good source of information on seizures and epilepsy.
- Parents Against Childhood Epilepsy
Nonprofit research organization providing research information and support to families of children with epilepsy.