November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM)

“There is no NEAM without ME”.

The purpose Epilepsy Awareness Month is to broaden support for epilepsy with this incurable neurological disorder. Epilepsy is a brain condition that causes seizures. It’s actually one of the most common disorders of the nervous system, and it affects children and adults of all demographics.

There are 150,000 new cases of epilepsy in the U.S. every year. 

Symptoms of seizures vary from person to person, and they include:

  • Blank staring
  • Jerking movements of the arms and legs
  • Stiffening of the body
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nodding head rhythmically
  • Periods of rapid eye blinking and staring
  • Seizures are

Why is it important for beauty and wellness professionals to recognize and raise awareness about epilepsy?

Electrotherapy is the use of electric devices for therapeutic benefits. There are several contraindications for electrotherapy. A contraindication is a factor that can harm or reverse the benefit of a specific treatment. To prevent physical harm, electrotherapy should not be used on clients with epilepsy or seizure disorders.

Estheticians and massage therapists alike need the skills to accommodate services like facials and body treatments for clients with epilepsy. The New Age Spa Institute thoroughly reviews medical conditions and disorders in clinical aesthetics training and clinical massage therapy training. Our students develop the art and flexibility of customizing treatments based on skin types, skin sensitivity, medical conditions and disorders, lifestyle and much more!

Collaboration, support, and knowledge are key in building a safer community and inclusive face and body treatments for all. As a community, beauty and wellness professionals can support #NEAM2022 by raising awareness and gaining knowledge of alternative treatments to electrotherapy. Knowing how to recognize a seizure and provide seizure first aid could save a life. Explore training and resources here: #MyNEAMAction #NEAM2022

What are some examples of electrotherapy contraindicated for epilepsy?

  • High Frequency
  • Galvanic Desincrustation & Iontophoresis
  • Microcurrent
  • Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)
  • IPL (Intense Pulse Light)
  • LED (Light Emitting Diode)


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