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Children and chiropractic
Newborn baby chiropractic


Most children easily shrug off the rough and tumble of daily life. As life progresses, however there are many incidents which can lead to niggling discomfort, poor concentratin, and ability to sit still, and also more specific problems such as back or neck pain, migraines or headaches.

These childhood problems can be as the result of a difficult birth, the numerous bumps, falls and tumbles that are an inevitable part of childhood, poor posture, carrying heavy bags to and from school or sitting at ill fitting furniture, or spending long periods of time sitting slouched in front of a TV, computer or any other screen.



Birth is probably one of the toughest events we undergo as humans. A baby's body has to squeeze throught the small birth canal to be born. In doing so the baby's head in particular will absorb much of the shock, and the soft bones will yield slightly allowing it to travel down the birth canal. This is called "moulding" and it is important that the mother's pelvis is aligned prior to giving birth, so that this moulding process is uniform.After birth the baby's head will gradually revert to a more normal shape, however if this "unmoulding" process does not take place completely, the baby can be left in some discomfort which they communicate by constantly crying


Most babies cope extremely well with the process and emerge contented, happy, able to feed, sleep and grow normally. However for some, recovery can take longer, especially those who had a particularly difficult entry into the world. Babies that are induced, require forceps or are delivered by Caesarean section, where the head does not have a chance to go through the moulding process, may not be the happy contented baby of the adverts.



Research has been done on Chiropractic care and babies and can be found on the "Research" page.


Misalignments could be causing discomfort, and many parents report that whatever they do, whether they lift their baby up or lie him down, it seems to make no difference, and the crying continues. Feeding problems may indicate that there is interfernce with nerves to the base of the skull and that the digestive system is compromised, or more simply, the baby may be uncomfortable sucking due to mechanical stresses on its skeletal structure.



Joy has treated many a  baby or toddler with "flat head syndrome" (plagiocephaly) with remarkable results. She worked in close liason with the team in Glasgow which fit the Starband TM helmets, which help with the treatment of this condition. Since 2012, Joy has seen an increasing number of young children who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the majority of whom were pre-mature at birth. Working closely with the parents, she is having remarkable success in getting these children to reach a greater potential that thought possible by the NHS staff that had previously been treating these children. Please feel free to give Joy a call and discuss whether your child could benefit from McTimoney treatment. A free initial assessment is available. Call 01292 287827



The simple bumps and tumbles associated with growing up can often cause misalignments of the skeleton. In addition, carrying heavy bags, playing sports, sitting on ill-fitting furniture at school and playing for hours in front of a compter in the wrong position can all lead to problems such as


Headaches or Migraines

Back and Neck Pain


There is also a range of problems which cannot necessarily be associated with a fall or a bump, but which may nonetheless be due to a bony misalignment and the subsequent interference with nerves. There are many recorded incidences where treatment has been beneficial (see research for published case studies)


Read the national newspaper article which explains the changes brought, not only to the child, but the effect on the whole family, once the young boy had received McTimoney Chiropractic treatment, by clicking on the link at:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/main.jhtml?xml=/health/2005/05/26/hchiro26.xml

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The Short-term effect of spinal manipulation in the treatment of infantile colic: a randomized controlled trial with a blinded observer, Wiberg JMM, Nordsteen J, Nilsson N. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. October 1999; Vol 22 No 8, pp 517-522


This is a randomized controlled trial that took place in a private chiropractic practice and the National Health Service's health visitors, in a suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark.


One group of infants received spinal care for 2 weeks, the other was treated with the drug Dimethicone TM for 2 weeks. Changes in daily hours of crying were recorded in a colic diary.


Hours of crying reduced by 1 hour in the Dimethicone group, compared with 2.4 hours in the Chiropractic group by day 4-7. On days 8 through 11, crying was reduced by 1 hour in the Dimethicone group compared with 2.7 hours in the Chiropractic group. In the 12 days of the study, the children under Chiropractic care had a 67% reduction in crying whilst the group treated with drugs had a 38% reduction in crying. The mean number of adjustments given during the 2 week study was 3.8.




Infantile colic treated by Chiropractors: a prospective study of 316 cases. Klougart N, Nilsson N and Jacobsen J (1989) Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 12: 281-288


Seventy three Chiropractors adjusted the spines of 316 infants (median age 5.7 weeks at initial examination) with moderate to severe colic (average 5.2 hours of crying per day). The mothers used a diary to keep track of the baby's symptoms, intensity and length of the colicky crying as well as how comfortable the infant seemed. 94% of the children showed a satisfactory response within 14 days of Chiropractic care (ususally 3 visits). After four weeks, the improvements were maintained.


One fourth of these infants showd great improvement after the very first Chiropractic adjustment. The remaining infants all showed improvement within 14 days.


Note: 51% of the infants had undergone prior unsuccessful treatment using drug therapy.





It is my professional opinion that many babies that have been diagnosed with colic, do not have colic at all. In my experience, when I have been asked to see  a young baby, and questioned the care-giver, (generally this is the mother) they give symptoms that are indicative of trauma during birth. These babies often do not like clothes being put over their head, picked up with the carrier putting their hands in the babies armpits, or propped upright. If this is the case, it indicates to me that the small delicate bones of the neck and skull have become misaligned during the birthing process, and the poor mite does not like actions that put pressure on the neck. If you know any baby that this fits the picture, then a second opinion from either a McTimoney Chiropractor or a Sacro-cranial osteopath is worth exploring. For those that will try and tell you that it is the "placebo" effect, I say, a mother that hasn't had a good night's rest since her baby has been born, really doesn't care, as long as it works without harming her baby!


"Scientists" will try and tell you that some of this research has not been conducted properly, that there is not a control group. I say, is it ethical to make a new parent put up with their baby crying for hours and hours, depriving them of sleep, just to prove a point?





The Role of the Chiropractic adjustment in the care and treatment of 332 children with Otitis Media. Fallon JM, Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Paediatrics Oct 1997, 2(2): 167-183


311 of the 332 had a history of prior antibiotic use. 53.7% of the children had their first bout of otitis media between the ages of 6 months and 1 year and a total of 69.9% of the subjects in the study had their first bout of OM under a year of age. This is consistent with the findings of others.


The children were 27-days old to five-years old. The average number of adjustments administered by types of OM were as follows


Acute Otitis Media  (127 children) 4 adjustments   Chronic/Serous Otitis Media (104 children) 5 adjustments   for mixed type of Bilateral Otitis Media (10 Children) 5.3 adjustments,  where no Otitis Media was initially detected (74 children) 5.88 adjustments


The number of days that it took to normalize the otoscopic examination was:  Acute 6.67 days,  Chronic/Serous  8.57 days,  and mixed  8.3 days


The number of days that it took to normalize the tympanographic examinatin was : Acute  8.35 days,  Chronic/Serous  10.18 and Mixed 10.9 days.


The overall recurrence rate over a six month period from initial presentation in the office was:  For Acute  11.02%,  Chronic/Serous 16.34%  for Mixed 30% and for none present 17.56%





Chiropractic management of primary nocturnal enuresis.  Reed WR, Beavers S, Reddy SK, Kern G.J Manipulative Physiol Ther Vol. 17, No. 9 Nov/Dec 1994.


This was a controlled clinical trial of 46 enuretic (bedwetting) children that were placed under chiropractic care.  The children were under care for a 10 week period preceded by and followed by a 2 week no treatment period.


The 46 children were divided into two groups:  31 received chiropractic care and 15 were in the control group.


At the end of the study, 25% of the treatment-group children had 50% or more reduction in the wet night frequency from baseline to post-treatment while none among the control group had such reduction.




Chiropractic has a place in the frame of healthcare that YOU choose to adopt for problems encountered in childhood. If you want to explore treatments that don't involve anti-biotics and/or surgery, then Chiropractic treatment should be an alternative open to you to investigate.

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