Colic and Chiropractic
From the April
11, 2002 issues of CNN Interactive and Web MD comes a story about children
and colic. The story has an unusual slant in that there are many medical
opinions that admit that the medical approach is ineffective. These same
medical opinions also admit that the chiropractic approach did help infants
with colic. But the articles still fall short of endorsing chiropractic
quotes Dr. Maxine McMullen, a chiropractor in Davenport, Iowa, and president
of the International Chiropractic Association's Pediatric Council. In
it she states, "I've helped hundreds of babies with colic, every
one of them simply needed a spinal adjustment."
does report on a study that appeared in the peer reviewed journal, the
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. In the study twenty-five
randomly selected colicky infants received three to five chiropractic
adjustments over two weeks. By the end of that period, diaries kept by
parents showed that the babies shortened their daily crying episodes by
three hours. In contrast, the crying of 20 infants taking dimethicone
decreased by only one hour. In a previous study, published in the journal's
August 1989 issue, researchers tried the same technique on 316 colicky
babies and found that their crying soon diminished.
seems almost begrudging in their reporting of the chiropractic success
with infants with colic. Several MDs still are skeptical of children receiving
chiropractic care. One section of the article tried to explain the results
by saying that infants with colic may well be really suffering from back
pain, and that the chiropractic care helps the infants by helping the
back pain. Most chiropractors reject this concept and attribute the improvement
to a removal of interference in the nervous system known as subluxation.
negative tone of the medical practitioners interviewed in the article,
none could dispute the fact that medical care was generally ineffective
while chiropractic helped the infants.