In a recent study published in the online issue in Neurology the academic medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology it is claimed that managing stress with some techniques may help to reduce recurrence of seizures in people suffering from epilepsy. It is revealed in a new study.
The author of this study Sheryl R. Haut, MD, is a member of the American Academy of Neurology now working in the Montefiore Medical Centre and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY.She says at least 33 percent people is experiencing to have seizures despite the uses of many newly invented advanced drugs of epilepsy, therefore new way to adopt are mostly needed. She also says that according to the feedback received from the epilepsy patients it is seen that the stress is the most common trigger of seizure in them. So, the team is conducting the study to find the role of reducing stress in seizures.
Despite taking drugs for seizures all the 66 participants under the study experienced at least four seizures during last two months before the study came into progress.
The new method of treatment in the study carried for three-months and during this period the participants got some training on behavioural technique from a psychologist. Followed by an audio recording the participant were asked to practice the behavioural technique twice a day. If anyone of them assumed a sign of seizure soon in a day they were asked to practice the same technique at another time of that day. They were provided with electronic diaries which are to be filled in daily on the occurrence of seizures to record their stress level and to write down other associated factors like moods and sleep.
The study conducted in such a way that both the participants and evaluators in two groups were not aware of treatment group assignment. The first group of fifty per cent of the participants learned a stress reduction method by progressive muscle relaxation technique where each muscle set is tensed get relaxed with the learning of breathing techniques. Another group performed other tasks similar to first group but did not practice the muscle relaxation technique. They took part in focused attention technique like writing down the activities of them from the previous day.
The group of people set to take muscle relaxing exercises had hypothesized by the researchers before commencement of the study to convince this group that this technique is more beneficial than the other. But the research team found the amount of benefit for both the group was same.
Haut said that the difference of beneficial outcome was more or less same for both the group. The 1st group had twenty nine percent less seizures during the study-treatment and the focused attention team had twenty five percent less seizures. She added that nearly eight five percent diary completion ratio over a 5-month period prove they were extremely enthused during the stress-reducing techniques training.
Haut claimed that since both group had been able to recognize symptoms and responded to stress well enough and it is found that using stress-reducing techniques could be beneficial for people those hardly respond to the conventional treatment of epilepsy with drugs. Shor Foundation for Epilepsy Research and the Epilepsy Foundation overwhelmingly supported the findings of the study.