Well­ness Arti­cles

Abnor­mal Sleep­ing Pat­terns Helped With Chi­ro­prac­tic — A Case Study

A case study pub­lished in the July 2006 issue of the peer-​reviewed, sci­en­tific pub­li­ca­tion, the Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atrics (JCCP) doc­u­mented the effects of chi­ro­prac­tic care on a nine month old infant girl with a his­tory of dis­turbed sleep. The JCCP is the offi­cial pub­li­ca­tion of the Coun­cil on Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atrics of the Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Association.

The study arti­cle starts off by not­ing that the aver­age 9 month old should sleep approx­i­mately 14 hours per day. In this case study a nine month old infant girl was pre­sented for chi­ro­prac­tic care with a his­tory of severely dis­rupted sleep and fussi­ness. Addi­tion­ally, the infant was refus­ing to breast­feed on one side and exhib­ited, what was called a gen­er­ally unset­tled behav­ior. It was also noted that the child would not turn her head to the left. These prob­lems had been occur­ring since birth.

The exam­i­na­tion con­firmed a reduced range of neck motion to the left and sig­nif­i­cant mus­cle ten­sion in the left and upper neck. Upon touch­ing the neck the child exhib­ited signs of being in pain by cry­ing and mov­ing away. It was deter­mined that sub­lux­a­tions were present, and an appro­pri­ate course of adjust­ments was initiated.

The results in this case were very impres­sive. The study noted that on the after­noon after the infants first adjust­ment the baby girl fell asleep for 5 hours. This was fol­lowed by night­time sleep of 2 peri­ods of 6 hours each. Over the next three weeks of care the day­time sleep got shorter, but the night­time sleep remained between 6 and 8 hours.

In addi­tion to the dra­matic sleep improve­ment, the child also improved her range of neck motion and was able to turn her head to the left in response to sound on the left side. Addi­tion­ally the infant began to feed freely and comfortably.

In their con­clu­sion, the authors of the case study noted that the dra­matic improve­ments after just one adjust­ment indi­cated that the ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tion found in this case was at least in part respon­si­ble for the dis­rupted sleep pattern.

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