Kids, Colic and Chi­ro­prac­tic

From the April 11, 2002 issues of CNN Inter­ac­tive and Web MD comes a story about chil­dren and colic. The story has an unusual slant in that there are many med­ical opin­ions that admit that the med­ical approach is inef­fec­tive. These same med­ical opin­ions also admit that the chi­ro­prac­tic approach did help infants with colic. But the arti­cles still fall short of endors­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care.

The arti­cle quotes Dr. Max­ine McMullen, a chi­ro­prac­tor in Dav­en­port, Iowa, and pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tic Association’s Pedi­atric Coun­cil. In it she states, “I’ve helped hun­dreds of babies with colic, every one of them sim­ply needed a spinal adjustment.”

The arti­cle does report on a study that appeared in the peer reviewed jour­nal, the Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics. In the study twenty-​five ran­domly selected col­icky infants received three to five chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments over two weeks. By the end of that period, diaries kept by par­ents showed that the babies short­ened their daily cry­ing episodes by three hours. In con­trast, the cry­ing of 20 infants tak­ing dime­thicone decreased by only one hour. In a pre­vi­ous study, pub­lished in the journal’s August 1989 issue, researchers tried the same tech­nique on 316 col­icky babies and found that their cry­ing soon diminished.

The arti­cle seems almost begrudg­ing in their report­ing of the chi­ro­prac­tic suc­cess with infants with colic. Sev­eral MDs still are skep­ti­cal of chil­dren receiv­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care. One sec­tion of the arti­cle tried to explain the results by say­ing that infants with colic may well be really suf­fer­ing from back pain, and that the chi­ro­prac­tic care helps the infants by help­ing the back pain. Most chi­ro­prac­tors reject this con­cept and attribute the improve­ment to a removal of inter­fer­ence in the ner­vous sys­tem known as subluxation.

Despite the neg­a­tive tone of the med­ical prac­ti­tion­ers inter­viewed in the arti­cle, none could dis­pute the fact that med­ical care was gen­er­ally inef­fec­tive while chi­ro­prac­tic helped the infants.

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