Manual Therapy for Epilepsy

Manual Therapy for Epilepsy

By Daniel Rocha LMT CPT CNS 


Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures, which are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It is typically managed through medications, lifestyle modifications, and sometimes surgery, depending on the severity and type of epilepsy.


While massage therapy may not directly treat epilepsy or prevent seizures, it does provide some benefits for epilepsy patients as a complementary therapy. 


1. Stress reduction: Epilepsy can cause significant stress and anxiety due to the uncertainty of when a seizure might occur. Massage therapy reduces stress levels, promotes relaxation, and improves overall well-being.


2. Muscle relaxation: Some epilepsy patients experience muscle tension and spasms, especially during or after a seizure. Massage therapy techniques, such as gentle stretching and kneading, relaxes tense muscles and relieves discomfort.


3. Improved sleep: Sleep disturbances are common with epilepsy patients, and adequate sleep is essential for overall health. Massage therapy improves sleep quality by inducing relaxation and reducing anxiety.


4. Enhanced blood circulation: Massage techniques stimulate blood flow and circulation.



Chiropractic and naprapathic care are forms of alternative medicine that focus on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those affecting the spine. 


The underlying cause of epilepsy is abnormal electrical activity in the brain, which is not typically addressed through chiropractic or naprapathic care. Epilepsy patients experience musculoskeletal issues, such as neck or back pain. Chiropractors and naprapaths use spinal adjustments, manipulations, and other techniques to correct misalignments or dysfunction in the spine. This improves the function of the nervous, circulatory, and lymph systems.


Anecdotal reports suggest that chiropractic and Naprapathic care manage certain symptoms associated with epilepsy, such as neck pain or headaches. Consult with a healthcare professional who specializes in epilepsy management, so they can  provide guidance on appropriate treatment options and help determine if complementary therapies like massage therapy, and chiropractic or Naprapathic care may be beneficial in individual cases.

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