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Alternative Treatment For Myoclonic Seizures

Posted in Posture on Mar 17, 2017

Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Shows Promise In Treating Myoclonic Seizure Disorders

Myoclonic Seizures affect approximately 1 out of 1000 people or 300,000 people in the United States. Clonic seizures are associated with repeated or rhythmic, jerking muscle movements. These seizures usually affect the neck, face, and arms. 

Myoclonic seizures usually appear as sudden brief jerks or twitches of your arms and legs. (1) First, we outline conventional approaches in the treatment of myoclonic seizures. Then we will discuss a little known procedure called Blair Upper Cervical Care that has shown promise in helping those that suffer from myoclonic seizures and other chronic disease conditions.

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Conventional Medicine Treatments

Medical care includes avoiding known triggers, reducing stress, and pharmaceutical interventions. The following drugs may be used in the treatment of Myoclonic Seizures.

  • Valproic acid is the most effective anti-epileptic drug in the treatment of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy; however, it is not the appropriate first choice to treat women of childbearing years.
  • Levetiracetam is another possible drug choice; however, it has not been well-studied for all of the seizure types that occur within this syndrome. Levetiracetam is approved for use in the treatment of myoclonic seizures in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.
  • Lamotrigine is widely used for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. However, it may lead to worsening of the myoclonic jerks even though it may be helpful for the generalized convulsions and absence seizures.
  • Clonazepam given in small doses could be effective for the myoclonic jerk. Phenobarbital is another option. Lastly, topiramate and zonisamide can be helpful, particularly in women of childbearing years.

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Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research- A Case Study on Myoclonic Seizures

In 2010 Drs. Hubbard, Crisp, and Vowels published a CASE STUDY in the Journal Of Chiropractic Medicine which reviewed a case the improved following Blair Upper Cervical Corrective Care. This study reviewed the case of a 25-year-old who developed her condition at the age of 14 years old. 

Mainstream medicine indicates that there is a genetic component however this case developed her seizure activity following trauma to her cervical spine. She underwent Blair Upper Cervical Corrective Care for over 12 weeks. Over that time the frequency of seizure activity reduced. 

While this is not a blind trial, it does indicate that upper cervical spine injury may be part of the cause of seizure activity. And the correction of spinal misalignments in the upper cervical spine may help improve 's seizure patient's quality of life.

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Trauma such as car accidents, sports injuries, and other trauma can cause the upper cervical spine to dislodge and lockout of its normal range of motion. Because the upper neck houses the brain-stem, vertebral arteries, and other vital centers to the body's function, injury can cause health problems. The head weighs 10-12 pounds, the atlas (c-1) weighs 2 ounces. The upper neck is the weakest link because of this anatomical relationship. It is susceptible to injury.

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Blair Upper Cervical Doctors are trained to locate, and correct subluxations (spinal misalignments in the neck that interfere with the bodies function). Neurological tests are performed that determine whether or not the patient has an upper neck subluxation. 

Once it is determined a subluxation exists, then a precise set of x-rays are taken to determine how your atlas(c-1) or axis(c-2) has misaligned at the joint. Since the bones in the spine meet at joint surfaces and these joint surfaces are mirror images of one another, the doctor can determine exactly how much you have misaligned and what direction. 

After this information is determined a precise gentle correction is made to restore normal function. Each week that passes that the adjustment is holding allows for healing. To learn more about the procedure you can click this link.


  1. Mayo Clinic -  Myoclonic Seizures