New Research on Reflux, GERD, Constipation & Chiropractic in Infants

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New Research on Reflux, GERD, Constipation & Chiropractic in Infants

Chiropractic Can Help

Recent research reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic on an infant with gastroesophageal reflux, reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing infants with such disorders. The literature included supports the role of chiropractic in infants suffering from this health challenge and calls for more research in this area.

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“Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and the various health challenges that infants experience” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study. 

McCoy added “In the case report presented, the infant was suffering from GERD and chronic constipation that resolved under chiropractic care because of the nature of the nervous system and its relationship to the spine and gastrointestinal system.” 

According to researchers the nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body and structural shifts in the spine can occur that obstruct the nerves and interfere with their function. By removing the structural shifts, chiropractic improves nerve supply and function. 

The infant reported on in the study was a 2-month-old female suffering from GERD and constipation since birth and was on medication for the GERD.  The medication did not resolve her problems. The girl would vomit intensely and was not able to eat without spitting up.  The pain she was experiencing due to the constipation was keeping her from sleeping and having a bowel movement was very painful.  Medications recommended for the constipation made her mother uneasy.  Her mother was growing weary and frustrated due to the amount of attention she was having to provide to the infant, taking away her time and attention from her other child.  

The chiropractor examined the agitated infant and found structural shifts in her upper neck, midback, and pelvis. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic adjustments over a 6-week period, she experienced resolution of GERD and and constipation. 

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in infants with GERD and constipation.

Contact Information: 

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