Epilepsy and seizure disorders: A review of literature relative to chiropractic care of children
By Richard A. Pistolese, DC

Objective: To review the currently available literature regarding chiropractic care relative to patients with epilepsy, particular emphasis being placed on those who have epilepsy as children.

Data Sources: The Index to Chiropractic Literature was searched for the years 1980 through 1998 through use of the keywords epilepsy and seizure. The MANTIS database was searched for the years 1970 through 2000 through use of the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) keywords chiropractic, epilepsy, seizure, and child/children. In addition, a MEDLINE search of the literature was performed for the years 1966 through 2000 through use of the same subject headings.

Results: The present study reviews 17 reports of pediatric epileptic patients receiving chiropractic care. Fourteen of the 17 patients were receiving anticonvulsive medications, which had proven unsuccessful in the management of the condition. Upper cervical care to correct vertebral subluxation was administered to 15 patients, and all reported positive outcomes as a result of chiropractic care.

Conclusions: Chiropractic care may represent a nonpharmaceutical health care approach for pediatric epileptic patients. Current anecdotal evidence suggests that correction of upper cervical vertebral subluxation complex might be most beneficial. It is suggested that chiropractic care be further investigated regarding its role in the overall health care management of pediatric epileptic patients. (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001;24:199-205)

Publishing and Reprint Information

  • Richard A. Pistolese, DC, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Research Department, Stone Mountain, Ga.
  • This study was supported by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
  • Submit reprint requests to: Richard A. Pistolese, DC, Research Department, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, 5295 Highway 78, Suite #D362, Stone Mountain, GA 30087-3414
  • J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2001;24:199-205
  • Paper submitted March 30, 1999; in revised form April 15, 1999.
  • © 2001 JMPT
  • 0161-4754/2001/$35.00 + 0 76/1/113771
  • doi:10.1067/mmt.2001.113771