The Central Nervous Systems Role in Health andDisease
Grand mal seizures are a neurological condition that afflicts 3million people in the United States. Two years ago I was juststarting a consultation with a grand mal seizure patient when hesuddenly started screaming and writhing, uncontrollably for thebetter part of three minutes. His mom was in the consultation andcalmly did what she could to help her son. It was obvious she hadbeen through this many times before.
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While I had taken care of many different patients with seizureconditions, I had never personally seen someone go through a grandmal seizure. It made my heartache that there are people out therethat suffer through grand mal seizures on a regular basis. In life,we often hear about different conditions or diseases and they passthrough our consciousness without us understanding their impact onpeople.
Experiencing a grand mal seizure as a bystander made me peerthrough a window of what the patient with grand mal seizure goesthrough along with those that love them. In this article, we wouldlike to present information about the upper cervical spine and it’srelationship to seizure disorders.
While Blair Upper Cervical care is NOT a cure-all for grand malseizure over the past 18 years we have had success with many typesof seizure cases and would like to convey how correcting uppercervical spine misalignments can improve health, well being, and insome cases either reduce or eliminate seizure disorders.
The Central Nervous system is the seat of control for everyfunction in the human body. As far as our health isconcerned, the nervous system does not enter into our healtheducation at any level in American society. If the nervous systemruns all functions in the body then if a disease or ill healthexists the central nervous system should be of paramount importancein the cause.
Unfortunately, our mainstream health system doesn’t look forcauses but rather is in the business of medicating people to reducesymptoms. Asking what the cause of a condition is generally isexplained away by “ no one really knows” or it’s genetic. Theuniverse is governed by LAWS and so too is the body. For everyeffect, there must be a cause. Disease, health syndromes, andsymptoms don’t just occur for no reason.
They occur because physiology malfunctions and in order to getwell, it is essential to know what the cause is so you can removeit. It is has been our experience in our Los Angeles Blair UpperCervical Chiropractic office that many of the tough healthconditions require many forms of care simultaneously to recoverlost health. We have also found that since the body is aself-healing organism that it’s essential to add things to yourhealth program that supports the body in its attempt to heal, mend,and repair.
There are several pillars that must be heeded in order to getwell. Nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress reduction, central nervoussystem, and spiritual foundation are the pillars of health andhealing. Violating one or many of them increases your chances ofdeveloping health problems. In life, many things happen that areout of our control. Anyone who suffers from grand mal seizurecertainly didn’t ask for it. However, if you are suffering thereare things you can do that will help support your recovery.
The Link Between Grand Mal Seizures and Traumatic BrainInjury
According to 2016 statistics from NARIC, 2.5 million Americansare estimated to sustain traumatic brain injuries each year. Braininjury and neck injury can set the stage for nervous systemdegeneration. TBI seizures can result from one or more of thefollowing:
- A lack of oxygen to the brain, and/or
- Brain cell disruption
- Structural misalignment of the skull and cervical spine
- Brain bruising and glial scar
Brain injury seizures in the days following a TBI are common andare classified as early post-traumatic seizures (PTS). According tothe Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC), one in 10people who require hospitalization after a TBI will experienceseizures. (Depending on the resource, this number can increase to1-5 out of every 10 individuals with TBIs.)
Seizure activity that occurs more than a week after the initialinjury (known as a late post-traumatic seizure) qualify as epilepsyor, more specifically, post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE). This meansthat there is likely a link between traumatic brain injury andepilepsy.
A 2015 study written on Seizure on traumatic braininjury and epilepsy, “traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leadingcause of acquired epilepsy,” and post-traumatic epilepsy accountsfor 10–20% of epilepsy cases in the general population. Next, wewill discuss how Neck injury can also be an underlying factor inthe genesis and treatment of post-traumatic grand mal seizure andseizure activity.
Traumatic Brain Injury- and Neck Trauma
There is plenty of discussion and research focused on theeffects of brain injury following head trauma but little researchor discussion about a neck injury. Any trauma big enough to causebrain injury simultaneously damages the soft tissues of the mostcritical area of human anatomy the craniocervicaljunction (CCJ).
The CCJ is arguably the most dynamic and complex region of thebody. The weight of the head being 10-12 pounds rests on atwo-ounce bone called the atlas. This region is structurallyvulnerable to injury. The forces that cause a TBI also damage theligaments, joint capsules, and soft tissue of the CCJ leading tospinal misalignment and neurological irritation andinterference.
We have found in our Los Angeles Upper Cervical Health Careoffice that TBI and Post Concussion Syndrome respond well to theprecision correction of the upper cervical spine. Typically thesetypes of cases have run the gamut of conventional and alternativecare and no one has tested for nor corrected spinal injuryoccurring at the CCJ.
Because the CCJ houses the brain stem, structural injury to thisarea of anatomy can have profound negative effects on the body'sability to function normally. We have found that many grand malseizure patients respond well to long term Blair Upper Cervicalcorrection.
What Does A Blair Upper Cervical ChiropractorDo?
Blair Upper Cervical doctors are specially trained to findspinal misalignments in the upper cervical spine. This isdetermined by running the prospective patient through a battery ofneurological tests that locate the spinal segments that have beeninjured and misaligned by a prior neck injury.
Once located, precision imaging in the form of digital x-ray orcone-beam computed tomography (Cbct) is used to preciselydetermine which joint has misaligned and the angulation of theoffending joint.
Each person’s anatomy is different and therefore imaging is usedto uncover the blueprint to be used to correct each patient’sindividual misalignment pattern. Once this information is gleaned,a gentle, light correction is made without twisting, popping, orpulling.
The patient is then monitored overtime to ensure that thecorrection is holding. If the testing indicates the need foranother correction, then it is performed. However, the goalof Blair Upper Cervical Care is for the patient to stayin “adjustment”. It isn’t the correction that produces healing. Itis the removal of nerve irritation and the adjustment “holding” inits normal position that allows the body to function better andproceed through a healing process.
If you are outside of the LOS ANGELES area and looking for aBlair Upper Cervical Chiropractor, you can call our office and wewould be happy to help find you a qualified doctor in your area