A study was conducted late last year by doctors at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in the United Kingdom to determine if chiropractic care had any benefit for colicky infants. Colic is generally defined as persistent crying, not likely to be soothed by a caring parent, mainly occurring the in the late afternoon and evening in infants who are well fed and healthy.
"Colic is a condition with no known treatment protocols that have proven to be entirely effective," said Chassell-based chiropractor Dr. Jinny Sirard, D.C. "This study represents an interesting approach that parents with colicky babies may want to try."
Researchers established criteria for inclusion in the study: Infants less than eight weeks old who cried more than three hours for at least four of the previous seven days. The study group was eventually set at 43 children.
"Two methods of chiropractic care were used, both very gentle, non-invasive procedures," said Dr. Sirard. "Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) was used on 22 of the infants, and occipito-sacral decompression (OSD) on the other 21, all selected at random for each particular care methodology."
By the seventh day of the short-term trial study, crying was significantly reduced by about two hours per day in both groups. By the 14th day of the trial, that reduction in crying was even more pronounced. Four weeks after the completion of the study, colic had disappeared in 82 percent of the infants undergoing the SMT and 67 percent of the infants undergoing the OSD care.
"A properly functioning nervous system is just as important in infants as it is in adults," said Dr. Sirard, who makes a point of encouraging all her adult patients to bring in their children to get checked out, and whose office features computerized infrared spinal thermography, a technology used to measure nervous system function. "Stress on the nervous system, known as vertebral subluxation, can have a detrimental effect on overall health in both children and adults."
Dr. Sirard added that studies like these give insight into potential new was to approach age-old problems of health with a natural approach, but was quick to remark that such studies are just a first step toward further understanding health issues like colic.
Anyone wishing for more information may contact Superior Family Chiropractic, whose office is located at 45070 US Hwy 41, Chassell, MI, and can be contacted at 482-2400.
Editor's note: This article was submitted by Superior Family Chiropractic of Chassell.