Chronic Childhood Constipation Helped With Chiropractic - A Case Study

The January, 2007 publication of the scientific periodical, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) published a case study showing the benefits of chiropractic care with an 8 year old boy struggling with chronic constipation. In this instance the boy was struggling with the situation since birth and was treated medically with laxatives, high fluid intake, and high fiber intake, all of which had no impact on his condition.

In such a case the young boy's condition was such that he only experienced a bowel movement at 7 to 10 day intervals possibly at times approaching every 2 weeks and were quite painful. He was apparently born healthy and was breast fed until six months of age. No other underlying diseases were identified by his medical physicians.

The youngsters mother brought him to a chiropractor who examined him and determined the existence of a sacral subluxation. Care was initiated and adjustments were given to fix the subluxation. In such a case the individual reported an instantaneous dramatic improvement in bowel function after just the first visit. His mother was very excited and reported that he experienced a bowel movement on the day of his first visit and also days later. She reported that it was extraordinary because her son had never in his life had 3 bowel movements in 4 days. Care was continued for 4 weeks and he continued to report improving bowel function. After 30 days it had been reported by both the patient and his mother that he was experiencing consistent normal bowel function. Months later follow up reports continued to demonstrate that the boy was experiencing normal bowel function. In such a case there were additionally a follow-up call conducted 13 years later, and the patient still reported normal bowel function and stated that his bowel function was nearly "clock-like" with daily bowel movements. The research highlights that chronic childhood constipation makes up about 3% of visits to general pediatricians and nearly 30% of visits to pediatric gastroenterologists. They observe that medical treatment usually includes dietary management, biofeedback, and laxatives. However, statistically 30% to 50% of children do not respond to these treatments and continue to have long-term problems.

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