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Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for a
25-year-old Woman With Myoclonic Seizures

FROM: J Chiropr Med. 2010 (Jun);   9 (2):   90–94

Todd A. Hubbard, DC, Casey A. Crisp, DC, Brett Vowles, DC

Assistant Professor, Academic Health Center, Palmer College of Chiropractic,
Davenport, IA 52803.

OBJECTIVE:   The purpose of this case report is to describe the chiropractic management using upper cervical techniques of a 25-year-old woman diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME).

CLINICAL FEATURES:   A 25-year-old woman had a history of JME,
which was diagnosed at the age of 14 years. Her seizure episodes began shortly after trauma to her cervical spine and the onset of menarche.

INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME:   After case history and physical
examination, the patient received high-velocity, low-amplitude chiropractic
spinal manipulation to her upper cervical spine using the Blair upper cervical
chiropractic technique protocol. There was improvement in her seizure episodes and menstrual cycles following 12 weeks of chiropractic care.

CONCLUSION:   This case study demonstrated improvement in a young
woman with a seizure disorder after she received upper cervical chiropractic
manipulation. This case suggests the need for more rigorous research to examine how upper cervical chiropractic techniques may provide therapeutic benefit to patients with seizure disorders.

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