Cross-Eyes Helped with Chiropractic

What Is Strabismus? How Can Chiropractic Help Crossed Eyes?

A study published on March 12, 2015 in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health documents a case of a Down’s Syndrome boy with crossed eyes being helped with chiropractic.

The authors of the study begin by explaining, “Chiropractic is often mistakenly regarded as having a very limited scope of practice in general, i.e. neck pain, back pain and headaches. Yet, chiropractors and their patients experience a multitude of positive results beyond these musculoskeletal complaints, especially in children.”

Cross-Eyes Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX ChiropractorThe authors report that chiropractic care is the most common type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for children. Studies show that usage of chiropractic nearly doubled in a few short years, rising from 11% in the early nineties to 20% by the late nineties. They note that children represent between 8% and 11% of chiropractic care received.

The authors further explain, “Some of the common pediatric conditions addressed by chiropractors include scoliosis, infantile colic, nocturnal enuresis, constipation, otitis media, seizures, autism, ADHD, asthma, cerebral palsy and strabismus. However, one study revealed that wellness care was the highest ranking reasoning for pediatric chiropractic care.”

In this case, a 4-year-old Down’s Syndrome boy was brought into the chiropractor’s office along with his family for correction of any subluxations. The boy’s right eye was crossed inward. The mother  reported that both the boy’s eyes were originally crossed and that surgery had been performed on the left eye in an attempt to return it to a more normal position.

After a chiropractic analysis, adjustments were initiated to correct the boy’s subluxations. After 12 visits, the boy’s parents reported to the chiropractor that their son’s right eye had completely returned to center. Additionally, his left eye, which had been surgically corrected, started to also correct and was therefore slightly  divergent from center. This indicated that the surgery may not have been needed, as the eye may have attempted to correct itself with chiropractic.

In their conclusion the authors wrote. “The results of the reduction of vertebral subluxation in this case suggest that chiropractic care may be beneficial in the correction of strabismus. Had the patient not undergone the operation to repair the left eye, we propose that both eyes would have been centered in the neutral position.”

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Survey Shows Parents of Children Under Chiropractic Care Very Satisfied

Does Pediatric Chiropractic Work? What Do Chiropractors See Kids For?

A study published in the November 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics showed that the parents of children who had undergone chiropractic care were very satisfied with their child’s care. The study, conducted in England, surveyed parents who had brought their infants in for chiropractic care for a variety of reasons including colic, crying, difficulty feeding, and wellness.

Survey Shows Parents of Children Under Chiropractic Care Very SatisfiedThe authors begin by noting that prior to this study, no other study assessed the satisfaction levels of parents who brought their infants in for chiropractic care. The study was conducted at a chiropractic teaching facility between January 2011 and October 2013.   The infants in this study were all between the ages of one day and 36 weeks. In order to be included in the study, the parents were required to fill out pre- and post-treatment questionnaires.   A total of 395 valid results were collected and analyzed for this study.

The first questionnaire was given to the parents before the chiropractic care was initiated. A follow up questionnaire was given after the end of care. The questionnaires asked parents to rate their level of distress due to their infant’s behavior.  At the end of care, the parents were also asked to rate the degree of improvement of their infant’s condition and their satisfaction with the care received.

The results of  the study showed a marked reduction in the stress reported by the parents when comparing the stress levels before and after chiropractic care. Prior to care, only 56% of the parents said they were not significantly stressed.  However, after the chiropractic care, over 92% of the parents reported very little stress.

The parents reported that their infant’s sleep improved as well. Prior to chiropractic care, only 50% had normal sleep, while after the care period, 79% reported that their infant got good sleep. The study reported that 75% of the parents were completely satisfied with the care their infant received.

In their discussion the authors of the study reported, “The parents in this study reported high levels of satisfaction, and improvement of the presenting condition. Parents reported a decrease in their distress levels, and an improvement in the infant’s sleep quality after an episode of care.”

To understand more of how chiropractic helps neurologically with child development, please read this informative health research report entitled Strengthening Your Child’s Immune System.

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