Relief for Children with Stomach Problems

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Relief for Children with Stomach Problems

Chiropractic Shown to Help with Bowel Problems 

A recent study revealed that a child experiencing irregular bowel problems found resolution through chiropractic care. The research on the 8-year old girl, reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health-Chiropractic, revealed dramatic improvement in the patient's bowel function after visiting the chiropractor.

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“Research indicates that minor shifts in the structure of the spine may impact function, suggesting that these structural shifts may be a factor in a number of disorders. Structural shifts may lead to nerve obstruction and could possibly result in a host of health problems such as constipation and other gastrointestinal disorders” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results and reviews of the scientific research reveal numerous other studies that have shown a similar connection. 

“It makes a lot of sense when you think about it” stated McCoy. “It’s reasonable to suggest that if you obstruct or damage the nerves exiting the spine, the result of the obstruction(s) and/or damage can have far reaching implications on the functioning of the body. Through research reports like this we are finding that correcting these structural shifts reduces nerve obstruction, bringing about marked improvement in children who are experiencing a variety of gastrointestinal maladies.” 

Ordinarily, infants suffering from constipation may be given medications that - in many cases, have not been fully studied in children. Uncovering the cause of the gastrointestinal issues is a much better strategy. 

This patient reported on in this study was an 8-year-old girl who suffered from chronic intestinal problems including constipation, irregular bowel movements and encopresis (soiling herself uncontrollably). Previous medical care, including medication, had no effect. 

The chiropractor examined her and x-rays revealed structural spinal shifts in her mid and low back. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic care the girl's bowel problems resolved and she was no longer soiling herself. 

The researchers reviewed other studies in chiropractic which demonstrated improvements in children suffering from similar problems and called for more research on chiropractic, subluxation and these childhood issues. 

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic
McCoy Press