New Research on Chiropractic, Breathing & Sleep Challenges in Children

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New Research on Chiropractic, Breathing & Sleep Challenges in Children

Chiropractic Shown to Help Kids Suffering from Enlarged Tonsils & Adenoids

Recent research reported in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic on child that had experienced breathing issues from enlarged glands reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in managing these children. The literature included supports the role of chiropractic in children suffering from the related health challenges and calls for more research in this area. “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.

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McCoy added “In the case report presented, the child was suffering from breathing and sleep issues due to enlarged adenoids and tonsils that resolved under chiropractic care because of the nature of the nervous system and its relationship to the immune system and the spine.” 

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 child reported on in the study was a 2-year-old female that had swollen tonsils and adenoids.  She also had sleep disturbances described as snoring, mouth breathing, and even choking at times while sleeping.  She was waking up several times during the night due to these symptoms.  She had been fully vaccinated and given medication for the swollen tonsils and adenoids.  The medication did not help and she was referred for a surgical consult.    

The chiropractor examined the infant and found structural shifts in her upper neck 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, she experienced complete resolution of the swollen tonsils and adenoids.  Her breathing and sleep disturbances were resolved, and she was able to avoid surgery.   

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in children with swollen adenoids and tonsils.

Contact Information: 

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