Fever Resolved in Child with Chiropractic Care

Is A Fever A Good Thing? Can Chiropractic Care Help the Immune System Fight Infection?

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study on December 22, 2016, documenting the case of a young boy with acute fever being resolved with chiropractic. Fever is triggered by an activation of the immune system as it fights things such as bacteria and viruses.

Fever Resolved in Child with Chiropractic Care - Austin Texas Chiropractor Pediatric Kids Infants Babies Newborns Spinal CareThe Mayo Clinic states,  “A fever is a temporary increase in your body temperature, often due to an illness. Having a fever is a sign that something out of the ordinary is going on in your body.”  They continue by noting, “Fevers generally go away within a few days. A number of over-the-counter medications lower a fever, but sometimes it’s better left untreated. Fever seems to play a key role in helping your body fight off a number of infections.

This study begins by pointing out that although there are many anecdotal reports of chiropractic being effective for cases of fever, there is little in the way of published studies on this subject. Most of the published evidence for chiropractic care is for musculoskeletal conditions such as back and neck pain. However, additional studies have shown chiropractic being helpful for conditions such as menstrual disorders, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, colic, ear infections, and bedwetting.

In this case, an 11-year-old boy was brought to the chiropractor. Five days before his chiropractic visit, he developed a fever along with symptoms of general malaise, fatigue, and behavioral changes such as decreased activity, lethargy, and decreased communication. His temperature was monitored by his mother and ranged from 101 degrees to 103 degrees Fahrenheit. The boy’s mother was giving him acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) every 4-6 hours with no change in the fever. After 2 days of the fever, the boy was seen by an MD and prescribed amoxicillin for acute unspecified upper respiratory infection.

A chiropractic examination was performed which showed muscle tightness and swelling. Additionally, spinal range of motion showed restrictions. Specific chiropractic adjustments were administered to the boy based upon the findings.

The boy’s mother checked her son’s temperature upon returning home which was approximately one hour after the chiropractic visit. She reported that her son’s temperature had returned to normal at 98.4 degrees. Additionally, she reported that her son’s energy increased and he returned to his normal behavior of being talkative, active, and had increased ability to focus.

The boy reported that within 60 minutes of the first adjustment he felt  back to normal  and was no longer achy, sore, or having headaches. His mother reported that his temperature remained normal and he continued to be energetic, talkative, and back to his regular level of activity.

In their discussion the study authors stated,  This case report outlined the care of a male child with acute illness resulting in both immunological and musculoskeletal symptom improvement within 60 minutes of treatment and was sustained at follow-up appointments.

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson. We are located in north central Austin, TX.


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Acetaminophen Use In Pregnancy Linked to ADHD: Chiropractic is a Better Alternative

Can Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Help Prevent ADHD in Kids?

A NewsUSA article titled “Can Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Help Prevent ADHD in Kids?” appeared in the April 24, 2014, issue of the Seaside Courier from California. The article began with a warning, “Pregnant women might want to think twice before reaching for that pain pill.”  The article was in response to a recent study showing that acetaminophen, the generic name for Tylenol, may be linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. They also note that acetaminophen is the most common drug taken by pregnant women.

Can Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Help Prevent ADHD in Kids? | Austin Pregnancy ChiropractorThe original study published in the February 2014 issue of JAMA Pediatrics showed that ADHD was more likely to develop in children whose mothers took acetaminophen during their pregnancy. A USA Today article that ran shortly after the release of the original study listed some of the results showing that children whose mothers used the drug during pregnancy were:

  • 3% more likely to show ADHD-like behaviors, such as hyperactivity and conduct problems.
  • 37% more likely to be diagnosed with hyperkinetic disorder, which is the equivalent of “high end” ADHD.
  • 29% more likely to get ADHD medications.

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) issued a response to this study noting that, “One drug-free alternative that continues to gain popularity is chiropractic care. The American Pregnancy Association notes it can help ‘maintain a healthier pregnancy’ overall while also potentially “controlling symptoms of nausea, reducing the time of labor and delivery, relieving back, neck or joint pain, and preventing potential cesarean delivery.”

In the F4CP release, Gerard Clum, DC, former president of Life Chiropractic College West and spokesperson for the F4CP noted, “Doctors of Chiropractic complete a typical undergraduate education along with a four-year postgraduate curriculum to earn their D.C. degree, and are trained to work with pregnant women. Establishing pelvic balance and spinal alignment are focal points of chiropractic care, helping reduce pain symptoms of postural changes and increased lower back curvature.”

To see if chiropractic care can help with your pregnancy or any pregnancy related pains, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule today.

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Acetaminophen and Small Amounts of Alcohol Increase Risk of Liver and Kidney Damage

Did You Know Acetaminophen Taken With Alcohol Can Cause Kidney And Liver Damage?

Research being conducted at Parker University in Dallas, Texas, adds to the body of evidence showing that acetaminophen can cause kidney and liver damage.  This new research, reported by the  Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) in a release dated Jan. 7, 2014, showed that even a small amount of alcohol with acetaminophen can lead to kidney disease.

The F4CP release reported that research presented at the American Public Health Association’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass., concluded that the combination of acetaminophen with light to moderate levels of alcohol consumption produces a 123% increased risk of kidney disease.

Austin Chiropractor Dr. Justin SwansonThe research surveyed 10,000 people. They discovered that nearly half the participants who combined regular alcohol use, which was considered up to 12 drinks a week for men, along with frequent use of medications with acetaminophen reported kidney problems.

“The recent findings support a multitude of reports that continue to surface examining the dangers associated with over-the-counter and prescription pain medications,” says Gerard Clum, D.C., spokesperson, F4CP. “The public needs to be exceptionally cautious utilizing very common acetaminophen or acetaminophen-containing products for pain relief especially when alcohol may be consumed, and should begin to consider less invasive, non-pharmacological, evidence-based options as a first step in their course of addressing pain.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, “Acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common poisonings worldwide.”  What many people do not know is that this drug is not only found in Tylenol, but also in a host of other common prescription and over-the-counter medications. So, in many cases, people who take these drugs are getting much more acetaminophen then they realize.

A CNN story published on Jan. 16, 2014, explained how acetaminophen and alcohol can damage the liver. “Acetaminophen is primarily metabolized in the liver, where it is turned into nontoxic compounds that are eliminated through urination. But the liver needs something called glutathione to do that. If your glutathione levels are low — which can be caused by chronic drinking, an unhealthy diet or fasting — the drug may be metabolized into a more toxic substance, according to the National Institutes of Health.”

Dr. Clum recommended an alternative to the acetaminophen dangers by offering, “Mounting scientific evidence continues to expose the dangers associated with acetaminophen-containing products commonly used for pain relief. It is clear that the public needs to understand that simply because a medication is available over-the-counter or by prescription does NOT mean it is without serious risks. Consumers would be wise to opt for safer, non-drug options, such as chiropractic care, that provide very positive clinical results without the risks of routinely used pharmaceuticals.”

If you or someone you know is just covering up symptoms with medication, chiropractic may be exactly what you need. To see if chiropractic can help you or to have someone you know checked for the presence of vertebral subluxation, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule today.

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