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Epilepsy – A Potential Result of Head Trauma

Reading up on the web in regards to Epilepsy, I was discovering what is new and what is being discussed this day in age in the circles surrounding this condition.

Being present at this years Epilepsy conference hosted by the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre, brings about the following questions:

“What is it that we, at UC Life Chiropractic Centre, have to offer to this conference in Victoria?”

“How can we help those afflicted with Epilepsy, lead a higher quality of life going forward?”

There are a lot of questions.  There are fewer answers.

While reading, I came across the Epilepsy Canada website (www.epilepsy.ca), and the facts sheet.  The following caught my eye:

Epilepsy is a physical condition characterized by sudden, brief changes in how the brain works. It is a symptom of a neurological disorder – a disorder that affects the brain and shows itself in the form of seizures.    –http://www.epilepsy.ca/en-CA/Facts/Epilepsy-Facts.html

Interesting.

Changes in how the brain works.”  One of the facts that we know about the human body is that the brain controls the body.  Remove the brain, and you remove function in the body.  Stimulation through the nervous system brings the cells of the body to life.  There can be ‘OVER stimulation’ as well as ‘UNDER stimulation’ of the body as well.  We see this at UC Life on a regular basis.

It is a symptom of a neurological disorder.”  We ARE talking about the Nervous System.

Further along on the website, we come across a list of potential causes, two of them immediately caught my eye:

1- Head trauma of any type. The more severe the injury, the greater the chance of developing epilepsy.  (http://www.epilepsy.ca/en-CA/Facts/Epilepsy-Facts.html)
2- Brain injury to the infant during delivery may lead to epilepsy.   (http://www.epilepsy.ca/en-CA/Facts/Epilepsy-Facts.html)

THIS is where UC Life fits in.  Trauma.  THIS we see every single day.

Head trauma does not CAUSE Epilepsy.  If that were the case, then every single bout of head trauma would cause seizure activity in everyone.  This is simply not the case.  However, head trauma CAN lead to epileptic seizures… so what is the missing link that has to occur to create these “changes in how the brain works” leading to seizures?

It is well understood that the upper neck and the orientation of the head on the neck is very important to overall function of the nervous system.  Every single day at UC Life, we see the long term effects of head trauma.

Acute (immediate/short term) effects of head trauma include headaches, dizziness, vision issues, numbness, paralysis etc can and do occur after the brain has been injured through head trauma.  In the vast majority of head traumas, the brain after going through a healing process of inflammation will heal up quite well.

However, many people end up with longer lasting (chronic) issues relating to their head trauma.  This is where we come in.

At UC Life, we find that the answer to these long lasting, chronic issues related to head trauma can come from misalignment of the head and neck directly from the force of the trauma to the head.  It happens in an instant (sudden whiplash injury or blunt strike to the head) but the change in alignment of the neck can remain and be a major factor in ongoing physical stress to the brain and spinal cord, continually creating the “changes in how the brain works”.

We at UC Life have the ability to investigate and determine if in fact this misalignment exists in the body, potentially leading to their Epileptic condition.

“What is it that we, at UC Life Chiropractic Centre, have to offer to this conference?”

An opportunity to investigate with those clients at the conference that have sustained head trauma to see if in fact they have misalignment of the head and neck.

“How can we help those afflicted with Epilepsy, lead a higher quality of life going forward?”

By correcting this misalignment and removing the constant stress to the neurological system, we may in fact see a noticeable decrease in the those “changes in how the brain works”.

 

Dr. Matthew Kittleson
UC Life Team

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