Epilepsy refers to a condition characterized by a tendency to have recurrent seizures, which is a temporary brain malfunction causes by nerve cells in the brain sending out abnormal signals. Symptoms during a seizure will vary, depending on what part of the brain is affected. It can be as mild as changes in awareness or as severe as full body tremors. They can last a few seconds or a couple of minutes.
Nearly a third of children diagnosed with autistic disorder syndrome (ASD) also suffer from epilepsy. Autism is a neurological disorder that manifests is a range of ways, from children who are emotionally distant and require rigid routine and order, to those who are hyperactive and have other, sometimes violent or self-abusive, behavioral issues.
In one study, children with ASD were given a series of chiropractic adjustments to see if it affected classroom behavior. According to data submitted by the children’s teachers, the students’ behaviors noticeably improved in a number of areas such as picking up their toys, more appropriate language, and fewer instances of hurting themselves.
The reason why chiropractic treatment may, at least temporarily, help ease symptoms is that adjusting the spine and returning it to its proper alignment could reduce ischemia (a restriction of blood supply), enabling neurological signals to flow unencumbered between the brain and body.
Many experts agree that visiting a subluxation-based chiropractor—one who aligns the spine—may help reduce the incidents of seizures related to autism. At the least it’s a safe, drug-free treatment that cannot hurt the child and could potentially offer great benefits.