Reducing Stress to Reduce Seizures

Stress-reducing techniques may help prevent seizures in people with epilepsy

(RxWiki News) Stress-reducing techniques may help reduce seizure frequency in people with epilepsy, a new study found.

Although various medications can prevent seizures in people with epilepsy, many patients continue to have these episodes, said the authors of this study. Stress is a common trigger for seizures, and reducing stress could keep them at bay, these researchers said.

This research included 66 people with epilepsy who did not respond well to medications. All of the participants were taking epilepsy medications, but they continued to have seizures.

Over three months, half of the participants practiced a guided muscle-relaxation technique, which involved progressively tensing and then relaxing each muscle group, as well as breathing exercises. The other patients practiced a technique called focused attention and engaged in breathing exercises.

The muscle relaxation group had 29 percent fewer seizures during the study than they did before. The focused attention group had 25 percent fewer. The study authors noted that the difference was not significant between the two groups. However, the reductions for both groups were significant when compared to their pre-study seizure rates.

These researchers called for more research in larger groups of people. If you have epilepsy, ask your health care provider how best to manage your seizures.

This study was published in the journal Neurology.

The Shor Foundation for Epilepsy Research and the Epilepsy Foundation funded this research. Study authors disclosed ties to various health organizations and pharmaceutical companies.