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Chi­ro­prac­tic Helps 14 Year Old Girl with Eat­ing Dis­or­der

A doc­u­mented case study pub­lished in the Feb­ru­ary 25, 2008 issue of the sci­en­tific peri­od­i­cal, the Jour­nal of Ver­te­bral Sub­lux­a­tion Research (JVSR), showed chi­ro­prac­tic care help­ing a young girl with a rare eat­ing dis­or­der known as “Rumi­na­tion”. The jour­nal study describes Rumi­na­tion as an eat­ing dis­or­der seen in infants less than one year of age. After a period of nor­mal eat­ing habits, the child begins exces­sive regur­gi­ta­tion and re-​chewing of food, which is then ejected from the mouth or re-​swallowed. Rumi­na­tion can include abdom­i­nal pain, weight loss, mal­nu­tri­tion, hal­i­to­sis, den­tal ero­sions, elec­trolyte imbal­ances, and gas­tric dis­or­ders which in extreme cases can result in death.

In this case a 14 year old girl was brought to the chi­ro­prac­tor by her mother because of chronic knee pain. The girl was involved with gym­nas­tics and had stressed her knee over time. She had pre­vi­ously had ortho­scopic knee surgery to remove scar tissue.

Her his­tory revealed that she had been suf­fer­ing from chronic “vom­it­ing”, which was later deter­mined to be regur­gi­ta­tion that began at age 5. When the fre­quency of the regur­gi­ta­tion was up to over 100 times per day she was brought to a pedi­atric gas­troen­terol­o­gist who pre­scribed Reglan. After dis­cov­er­ing the long term neu­ro­log­i­cal side effects that Reglan could cause, her par­ents decided to dis­con­tinue the drug. Even­tu­ally the child was brought to the Mayo Clinic, where she was given the diag­no­sis of rumi­na­tion. She was then given stom­ach relax­ation tech­niques that had lim­ited results. The con­di­tion con­tin­ued to the point where her tooth enamel started to erode.

It was not until 7 years after her visit to the Mayo Clinic that her mother brought her to the chi­ro­prac­tor. A chi­ro­prac­tic exam­i­na­tion con­sist­ing of spe­cial­ized instru­men­ta­tion, x-​rays, and other chi­ro­prac­tic ana­lyt­i­cal pro­ce­dures was per­formed. The deter­mi­na­tion of mul­ti­ple ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tions, inter­fer­ing with nerve sys­tem func­tion was made, and a course of chi­ro­prac­tic care was begun.

After her 6th visit, the young girls rate of regur­gi­ta­tion had decreased from 30 times per day down to just 3 times per day. After only 11 chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments the patient was free of all symp­toms of rumi­na­tion and these symp­toms did not return through the end of her chi­ro­prac­tic care plan.

Study author, Cristina Espos­ito, B.S., D.C., summed up the impor­tance of this case in her con­clu­sion by stat­ing, “Chi­ro­prac­tic care of a 14-​year-​old girl suf­fer­ing with the symp­toms of rumi­na­tion was pre­sented. The total elim­i­na­tion of symp­toms after only 11 chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments, after the patient spent 10 years and a sub­stan­tial amount of money inves­ti­gat­ing var­i­ous con­ven­tional med­ical treat­ment options deserves a con­sid­er­able amount of attention.”

Ran­dom Article

A Novem­ber 7, 2001 report on a study con­ducted by the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion showed that a chi­ro­prac­tic tech­nique known as the

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