Colic Chiropractic

Colic chiropractic can help the seriously stressed family.

And what will this adorable creature grow up to be? A happy baby, or ... there is an answer.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that of 13 countries measured, the United States lies last (13th) in neonatal and infant mortality. The USA also lies last for low-birth-weight percentages.

A B&W diet? Fast food? Smoking, alcohol, drugs, insufficient omega-3 and too much omega-6?


Infantile colic

Colic Chiropractic

is the answer to the 15% of families who have a miserable time of it. There IS an answer to why your baby is in so much distress.

Infantile Colic or huilbaby is defined by the RULE OF THREE :

  1. crying, fussing and irritability for more than three hours a day
  2. for more than three days per week
  3. for longer than three weeks

in any infant who is gaining weight normally and is otherwise healthy.



We must be skeptical even of our skepticism.

Bertrand Russell.



Huilbaby

Colic chiropractic is one solution to the huilbaby.

There is no evidence to suggest that colicky babies, in Dutch known as a huilbaby, become temperamentally difficult adults.

Normal infants cry an average of 2.2 hours per day, peaking at six weeks of age and gradually decreasing.

It is estimated the colic occurs in approximately 15 percent of babies. It occurs in both caesarean section and normal birth infants.


TYPICAL SIGNS

COLIC CHIROPRACTIC has the solution to the fairly typical signs which are:

  • Attacks of screaming in the evening, often a piercing, high-pitched shriek.
  • Associated motor behaviours such as flushed face, furrowed brow, and clenched fists, pulling of the legs to the abdomen, arching of the back.

Crying is concentrated in the late afternoon and evening. It often occurs in prolonged bouts, and is unpredictable and spontaneous. The screaming child cannot be soothed, even by feeding.


The cause of infantile colic remains unclear. Organic causes account for less than 5 percent of babies presenting with excessive crying.

However the following should be considered; constipation, cow's milk intolerance, gastroesophageal reflux, ear infections, urinary tract infection and abuse; chiropractors would like to add spinal subluxations and there's evidence to confirm it's not unfounded.

The fact that most infants outgrow colic by four months of age lends support to a neurological developmental cause of the condition, which fits exactly with chiropractic theories. 


DIAGNOSIS of Colic Chiropractic

The physician should ask about the infant's behaviour and the time of day and the length of the crying episodes. Parents should be asked to document this information of colic. A history of blueness in the face, or struggling to breathe may suggest previously undiagnosed pulmonary or cardiac conditions in the inconsolable, crying baby.

Documentation of frequency and quantity of spitting up is necessary to rule out gastroesophageal reflux or pyloric stenosis.

Chiropractic care for the colicky baby.  

The fact medicine suspects a neurological link in infantile colic is very significant. This is precisely why colic chiropractic is so effective. Subluxations cause neurological changes in the nerve bundles passing close by the troubled vertebra.



A chiropractors approach is thus quite different to the crying baby. Knowing that less than 5 percent of babies with infantile colic have an organic problem is reassuring.

Over and above the normal physical exam that every chiropractor will do, the examination of the crying baby should include searching for subluxations of the pelvis and spine, signs for muscular tension, for tenderness, and for an abnormal posture of the head.

Surprisingly, even in the very young, evidence of spinal fixations is immediately evident in the crying baby. The baby immediately reacts; these subluxations are extremely tender to the touch, just as they are most often in adults.


RESEARCH

The Effect of Spinal Manipulation in the treatment of colic chiropractic: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial with a Blinded Observer, J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1999 (Oct);22 (8): 517-522

This research was done in a private colic chiropractic practice using blinded National Health Service nurses. One group of crying infants received spinal care, the other was treated with the drug dimethicone. Changes in daily hours of crying were recorded in a colic diary.

By trial day 7, hours of crying were reduced by 1 hour in the dimethicone group compared with 2.4 hour reduction in crying in the colic chiropractic group.

By day 11, crying was reduced by 1 hour for the dimethicone group, whereas crying in the chiropractic group was reduced by 2.7 hours. A 270% improvement over the standard medical treatment.

Conclusion: Spinal manipulation is effective in relieving infantile colic. The treatment is extremely gentle, and not what we would normally associate with the word "manipulation".

While it is acknowledged that research samples are not as large as they could/ should be, the chiropractic research has been shown to be AT LEAST AS STRONG any research for the use of medical care such as Dimethicone.


Why do we Hiccup?

Hiccuping is a reflex contraction of the Diaphragm muscle, causing a sudden intake of breath that snaps the epiglottis closed. A hic. Irritation of the Phrenic nerve roots (C3-C4-C5), the nerve itself or one of the tissues supplied by the Phrenic nerve are the usual causes. It's common in babies. Read more: WHY DO WE HICCUP ?


TREATMENT for COLIC

Medically

speaking, treatment is openly acknowledged to be limited. Feeding changes usually are not advised. Medications available in the United States have not been proved effective in the treatment of colic, and most behaviour interventions have not been proved to be more effective than placebo.

Colic Chiropractic on the other hand has solid research proving the treatment is effective. Care of the crying baby is very gentle. There is no manipulation. Having found the subluxations that cause most cases of infantile colic (or huilbaby), gentle pressure is placed on the subluxated vertebra by your chiropractor. An activator instrument may be used.

There is usually an early positive response in the chiropractic colic care of the child with inconsolable crying. Sometimes after just one or two treatments, though I won't promise that!

I must acknowledge that when this research first came out, I too was extremely sceptical. However, when the research was repeated several times over, with thumbs up for chiropractic colic, I started treating colicky babies with very satisfactory results.

Raw Honey and INFERTILITY CHIROPRACTIC has in the past been widely used for soothing your child's tummy troubles. However, this has now become controversial as it has apparently been proved that in very few rare instances babies less than one year old are susceptible to a serious infection from spores in raw honey.

Why this is controversial is because these self same spores are found in dust, in the air, in raw foods ... just how did they prove the spores came from the raw honey and not from a deep breath of fresh air? Follow your own conscience in the matter. Colic chiropractic takes no particular stance on the matter.


Sweet, sweet healing ...

"New Jersey firm sells medical dressing with natural antibiotic - honey." Asbury Park Press.

More than 4000 years ago we know the ancient Egyptians were applying honey to wounds. Now the U.S. FDA has approved a honey based dressing which experts say kills germs and speeds healing.

Colic chiropractic tentatively suggests that honey is good not only for adults but also for babies; there are anecdotal reports that honey may cause some serious illnesses in children, but the association remains unproven.


PARENTING


"The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults."

Pieter de Vries


 

Colic chiropractic

Parents of a colicky infant may think that they have poor parenting skills. Infantile colic is extremely distressing to parents whose infant is inconsolable. Parental anxiety and fatigue are common. Abuse of the baby is not uncommon, not the cause of the baby's screaming, but as a result of parents' feeling of total inadequacy and frustration.

However, there is no evidence that parental personality or anxiety or even skills causes colic. Colicky babies of skilled, professionally trained and experienced mothers have been shown to cry twice as much as babies without colic. It has nothing to do with how good or bad a mother you are.

If three weeks of inconsolable crying has passed, for at least three hours per day, three days in the week, then it's time to consider Colic Chiropractic.

Aside

Many women suffer from groin and inner thigh pain both during the latter stages of pregnancy, and after the birth. This can last many months, sometimes a year or more, inhibiting walking, waking mums at night, and even making sex very painful. Does this ring any bells? Pubic bone pain ...

MOTHER'S MILK


The distinguishing feature of mother's milk is that it is very rich in (surprise, surprise) fat. Why? Read more, if you want to have an intelligent child, rather than just a big child ... Olive Garden nutrition ...
Not that protein is unimportant.


Developmental hip dysplasia

DDH

Developmental hip dysplasia, is difficult according to most authorities to distinguish between normal hypermobility. Some sonographic studies suggest that half of all children have DDH; it's a great concern for the paediatrician and colic chiropractor too.

Mostly though it's agreed that "true hip dysplasia" requiring treatment has a prevalence of roughly 1/200 hips; that's 1/100 children. Quite high I think you would agree, since many lead inexorably on to full blown early hip arthritis, and a lot of pain in the young adult.

So it's not improbable that hip dysplasia, and other similar conditions can contribute to colic chiropractic.


Of course not only subluxations of the spine will make your child miserable. A subluxating hip is also painful and, undetected will become extremely disabling. Listen for a deep-sounding "thunk" emanating from the hip joint as you change your baby's diaper. A Pavlik harness is part of the solution.

The incidence off HDD after a  breech birth is ten times greater... (1/100 babies).


Water for kids

I'm convinced with great passion that the good Lord gave us apples but food companies, out to make a good profit, gave us fruit juices. Research shows that you have to give children a food only about 5 to 10 times to get them hooked on it. Give them sweet drinks and foods, and they will for the rest of their lives demand chocolate, cakes and dessert; rather make sure that water for kids is on the table at every meal.



So, what's so bad about sweet foods? The answer is in a measure of all carbohydrates called Glycemic Index. GI tells how quickly a starch raises the blood sugar, stimulating the fat hormone, insulin, that turns glucose in the blood to fat.

You see the body doesn't like high blood sugar. It does nasty things, ask any diabetic. So the healthy body quickly turns it into fat.

So, give your infant and small child water for kids and don't feel the need to give them apple juice for every drink; certainly dilute it if you do. Otherwise you'll likely have an obese child in the future.


LEG PAIN DURING PREGNANCY CaseFile

It's a great privilege and honour to be asked to treat women who are "hoog zwanger". How I take my hat off to the female sex. Those last weeks are a great trial yet you take it in your stride, as though it were an every-day occurence. Unfortunately leg pain is one of the trials you may be facing... LEG PAIN DURING PREGNANCY CaseFile


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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