Jul 152012

Journal: J Chiropr Educ 2005;19(1):43

Authors: Alcantara J, Anderson R


Objective: The purpose of this article is to describe the chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with complaints associated with Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Clinical features: A 3-month-old girl was provided with chiropractic and cranial sacral care at the request and consent of her mother for symptoms associated with medically diagnosed GERD. The patient exhibited frequent vomiting, difficulty with breastfeeding, interrupted sleep, generalized muscle rigidity, ,and frequent high-pitched crying. The patient previously received chiropractic care elsewhere as well as medically prescribed Prilosec. The infant’s condition was unaffected by these previous treatments to the point that the infant’s condition was adversely affecting the family dynamics in a variety of ways.

Intervention and outcome: The patient was treated with site-specific, low-amplitude, high-velocity chiropractic adjustments to sites of vertebral subluxations, particularly at the atlas and the fourth thoracic vertebra. The patient was also cared for with low-force cranial sacral therapy to the mandible, temporal, and parietal cranial plates. The patient responded favourably to care with reduction in frequency of vomiting, improved feeding, decreased generalized muscle rigidity, and decreased high-pitched crying. The above notable changes were observed within four patient visits and with total resolution of symptoms within approximately 3 months of care.

Conclusion: This case study demonstrates that pediatric patients suffering from gastrointestinal disorders such as GERD may benefit from a clinical and theoretical framework of adjustments to sites of vertebral subluxations.

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