Infant with GERD helped with Chiropractic – Report on Recent Research Paper
This case report highlights the chiropractic care of a 1 month old infant who was experiencing a medical diagnosis of GERD. The little patient had a great response to chiropractic care. After each Chiropractic visit the baby’s symptoms improved according to the mother. The improvements originally lasted 1 day and then lasted up to 11 days before reappearing. After 3 months of care the chiropractic appointments were able to be extended as the infant continued to improve. The mother rated the baby’s improvement as a very great deal better on the Global Rating of Change scale.
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What is GERD?
According to an international consensus group referred to as the Montreal Definition and Classification of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Global Evidence-Based Consensus:
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is “GERD was defined as a condition that develops when the reflux of stomach contents causes troublesome symptoms and/or complications.”
What Chiropractic techniques were used to help this infant?
The Chiropractors in this case series used digital pressure (touch with their fingertips) as well as an activator to adjust the subluxations in the infant’s spine. The researchers referred to this as full-spine adjusting vis-à-vis modified technique to accommodate the patient’s size and unique biomechanics. They also used abdominal touch referred to as a gastroesophageal pulldown to impact the stomach directly and cranial work to address the asymmetries in the baby’s skull.
Are there other Chiropractic studies on this topic?
This research paper also did a selective review of the literature regarding “acid reflux”, “gastroesophageal reflux disease”, “GERD”, and Chiropractic for children under the age of 17 years old. They were able to identify 9 case studies / series that described improvements in children undergoing chiropractic care who were suffering with GERD type diseases.
Dr. Callum Peever – Chiropractor in Mississauga and Hamilton