Resolution of Constipation, Vomiting, and Leg Pain in a Child Undergoing Chiropractic

A case study published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health on November 14, 2013 documented the “Resolution of Severe Constipation, Vomiting and Leg Pain in a Child Undergoing Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care.”

In noting the growing popularity of chiropractic care for children with serious health issues, the authors of this study state, “The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the pediatric population continues to grow; particularly in those children with chronic conditions such as cancer, asthma, ADHD, diabetes, ear-nose-throat infections, and irritable bowel disease, to list a few. Of the practitioner-based CAM therapies, chiropractic is the most popular and highly utilized for children.”

The term “complementary and alternative medicine”, or “CAM” for short, is a common term used in healthcare research to describe healthcare that does not directly fall under the medical model. Although most chiropractors do not describe chiropractic as an “alternative”, many medical and scientific references consider chiropractic to fall under the alternative category.

In this case, a 6-year-old boy suffering from constipation and leg pain was brought to the chiropractor by his mother. The boy was suffering with severe constipation since age 2, and had been on medication for the past 2 years. At the time he was brought to the chiropractor, the boy was on four different medications daily.

A chiropractic examination was performed which revealed postural abnormalities along with multiple areas of the boy’s spine showing inflammation and sensitivity. It was determined that multiple areas of subluxation were present and, with the mother’s consent, a course of specific corrective chiropractic care was initiated.

On the third visit, the boy’s mother reported that her son was having bowel movements on a daily basis. The bowel movements were no longer painful, as they were prior to care. By the sixth visit the boy’s mother reported that, since her son was responding to the chiropractic care so well, she had decided to stop all of his medications. By the boy’s seventh visit, his appetite was better, he was reported as eating “much better”, and he started to gain weight. The boy’s leg pain also resolved.

In a follow up 15 months after the initiation of chiropractic care, the boy’s problems had not returned. His mother noted that her son’s appetite was “voracious,” and he was continuing to gain weight. It was also noted that the prior year the boy had missed 45 days of school, but since starting chiropractic care he had only missed 2 days.

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