New Research on Infant with Tremors Helped through Chiropractic

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New Research on Infant with Tremors Helped through Chiropractic

Chiropractic May Offer Relief to Children with Similar Problems

Recent research reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic regarding improvement in a young boy suffering with tremors and speech delay reveals that chiropractic could play an important role in managing children with neurological disorders such as this.

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“Research is revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine and the nervous system” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. “Problems occurring during birth can result in long term issues for children and according to research, they may benefit from chiropractic care.” 

Research has shown not only that the developing brain relies on normal spinal structural integrity, balance and joint movement, but that complex neurochemical communication and pathways involved in helping animals adapt to their environment are tied into spinal biomechanics and their related neurological pathways. 

“It makes perfect sense when you think about it” stated Dr. McCoy. “The brain constantly needs and wants to know where our body is in space and what is going on relative to all functions of the body. If there is obstruction to the neurological communication between the spine and the brain all sorts of malfunctions can occur and this can lead to symptoms such as tremors and other neurological disorders.” 

Researchers studying the connection between chiropractic, nerve obstruction and neurological disorders believe that these types of functional disorders can be caused by even slight misalignments of the bones in the spine. 

“There are very important functional relationships between the spine and the brain that if disturbed can result in a host of problems with how the body functions” remarked McCoy. He added “If there are structural shifts of the spinal vertebra this can lead to nerve obstruction. It is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxation, that chiropractors correct.” 

The patient reported on in this study was a 20 month old boy who had a shaky right hand (tremor) that was noticeable when he reached for toys or while eating. He also had a delay in speech. The boy had a long and complicated birth. Pitocin was administered along with an epidural for two days while laboring in the hospital.  

The boy was examined by the chiropractor which revealed abnormal posture and motion of his spine along with structural shifts of the upper neck and mid back. Structural shifts in the spine can develop and this can lead to obstruction of the nerves. It is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic care to correct the subluxations the boy’s tremors resolved and his speech and quality of life improved. 

These results suggest a possible link between neurological disorders like tremors and spinal subluxations in children.  Correcting the subluxations through the use of specific chiropractic adjustments appears to have led to resolution of the tremors. The authors called for further research in this area.     

Contact Information: 

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