Resolution of epileptic symptoms in child

February 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Upper Cervical Care in a Nine-Year-Old Female With Occipital Lobe Epilepsy: A Case Study

Objective: The reduction of an upper cervical subluxation through chiropractic care in the case of a child with occipital lobe epilepsy is described.

Clinical Features: A nine-year-old girl presented with uncontrollable blinking of the left eye and fainting spells, previously diagnosed by a neurologist as occipital lobe epilepsy.

Intervention and Outcomes: High velocity and light force adjustments (Blair technique) were applied to the first cervical vertebra on three separate occasions. Other low force adjustments (Activator) were administered to various levels of the spinal column where vertebral subluxations existed. The patient’s uncontrolled eye twitching decreased immediately following the first upper cervical adjustment and ceased completely 3 weeks following the final adjustment. The twitching has not resurfaced in approximately 2 years.

Conclusions: This case report demonstrated resolution of signs and symptoms associated with occipital lobe epilepsy in a child following the reduction of an upper cervical subluxation.


Hooper, S. et al., Upper Cervical Care in a Nine-Year-Old Female With Occipital Lobe Epilepsy: A Case Study. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research. Pages 10-17. 2011.

When the brain is still

February 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Men ought to know that from the brain, and from the brain only, arise our pleasures, joys, laughter and jests, as well as our sorrows, pains griefs and tears. Through it, in particular, we think, see, hear, and distinguish the ugly from the beautiful, the bad from the good, the pleasant from the unpleasant.

It is the same thing which makes us mad or delirious, inspires us with dread and fear, whether by night or by day, brings sleeplessness, inopportune mistakes, aimless anxieties, absent-mindedness, and acts that are contrary to habit.

These things that we suffer all come from the brain, when it is not healthy, but becomes abnormally hot, cold, moist, or dry, or suffers any other unnatural affection to which it is not accustomed. Madness comes from moistness. When the brain is abnormally moist, of necessity it moves, and when it moves neither sight nor hearing are still, but we see or hear now one thing and now another, and the tongue speaks in accordance with the things seen and heard on any occasion.

But when the brain is still, a man can think properly.

Hippocrates, Fifth Century, B.C.

Hippocrates, Vol.2, translated by W.H.S. Jones, London & New York: William Heinemann and Harvard University Press. 1923.

Torticollis in a newborn

After 4 specific adjustments to Baby Brooke’s atlas, her head was on straight.

It’s good to start out looking life square in the eye.

Super Cute Baby Brooke was born with acquired torticollis, which means twisted neck. Acquired because it was brought about through the birthing process – a completely “normal” birth. But normal births can be quite traumatic with much strain placed on the fragile upper neck.

At 3 months of age (photo), her head looked like this for weeks and the usual response to parents with paediatric problems is, “they’ll grow out of it”.

Two years ago I met a father whose child had the same problem, but they were convinced by doctors to go the surgical route – even though the parents instinctively felt this was wrong – and the child’s sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle was severed to release the head (the big muscle running from behind your ear down to the front of your chest, used for turning the head). Because the SCM muscle has intimate connections with immune function and lymph glands, the child became repetitively ill for 2 or 3 years thereafter.

The top two cervical vertebrae (top two bones) are unique in their development to the rest of the spine.

C1, or atlas, only turns into hard bone completely at age 7. C2, or axis, finishes ossifying between the ages of 6 and 12. Up until these ages in development, the vertebrae are like shark cartilage: pliable and adapting to outside forces that the growing child endures. These forces can start from birth when going through the birth canal or when being pulled from the womb by Caesarean section, forceps or ventouse. Then there are the usual bumps and falls as the child learns to crawl, walk and play. The neck takes a lot of strain and this starts altering the shape and orientation of the child’s upper cervical spine.

For optimal spine and brain development, it’s a good idea to get their neck checked.

In children younger than 8 years, maximum mobility occurs between C1 and C3. This is due to hypermobility of the immature, developing spine, ligamentous laxity, shallow-angled developing joints, a relatively heavy head and weak neck muscles. All of which makes the brainstem, spinal cord and nervous system susceptible to disturbance. Nervous system disturbance can possibly result in problems such as torticollis or wry neck, constipation, colic, problematic breast feeding, grumpiness, ear infections, bedwetting or poor sleep patterns.

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