A study published in the November 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics showed that the parents of children who had undergone chiropractic care were very satisfied with their child’s care. The study, conducted in England, surveyed parents who had brought their infants in for chiropractic care for a variety of reasons including colic, crying, difficulty feeding, and wellness.
The authors begin by noting that prior to this study, no other study assessed the satisfaction levels of parents who brought their infants in for chiropractic care. The study was conducted at a chiropractic teaching facility between January 2011 and October 2013. The infants in this study were all between the ages of one day and 36 weeks. In order to be included in the study, the parents were required to fill out pre- and post-treatment questionnaires. A total of 395 valid results were collected and analyzed for this study.
The first questionnaire was given to the parents before the chiropractic care was initiated. A follow up questionnaire was given after the end of care. The questionnaires asked parents to rate their level of distress due to their infant’s behavior. At the end of care, the parents were also asked to rate the degree of improvement of their infant’s condition and their satisfaction with the care received.
The results of the study showed a marked reduction in the stress reported by the parents when comparing the stress levels before and after chiropractic care. Prior to care, only 56% of the parents said they were not significantly stressed. However, after the chiropractic care, over 92% of the parents reported very little stress.
The parents reported that their infant’s sleep improved as well. Prior to chiropractic care, only 50% had normal sleep, while after the care period, 79% reported that their infant got good sleep. The study reported that 75% of the parents were completely satisfied with the care their infant received.
In their discussion the authors of the study reported, “The parents in this study reported high levels of satisfaction, and improvement of the presenting condition. Parents reported a decrease in their distress levels, and an improvement in the infant’s sleep quality after an episode of care.”