Paige Sigmon, DC, Matthew Hudson, DC & Joel Alcantara, DC
Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ April 5, 2018 ~ Pages 13-18
Objective: To describe the health outcomes in an infant suffering from epileptic seizures and self-aggression following chiropractic care to reduce upper cervical vertebral subluxation.
Clinical Features: A 3-year-old infant with a history of absence seizures since age one, clonic seizures since age two and self aggressive behavior presented for chiropractic care. Chiropractic examination revealed the patient had an atlas subluxation.
Intervention and Outcome: A portable pediatric toggle head-piece was utilized to address the patient’s atlas subluxation. Care was set at two times per week for eight weeks. The patient received a total 10 spinal adjustments over the eight-week period. Since the patient’s first spinal adjustments, his seizures abated such that over a two-week period, he experienced only two clonic seizures per day. At eight weeks, his parents reported that their son was having one absence seizure every other day and his self-aggressive behaviors had stopped altogether.
Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in abating the frequency and intensity of epileptic seizures in infants. We recommend continued documentation in the care of such patients to inform higher-level research designs.
Key Words: Epileptic seizures, pediatrics, subluxation, chiropractic, adjustment, pediatrics, self-aggression