The benefits of chiropractic intervention for babies with sleep deprivation resulting from birth trauma


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Abstract

Information collated from the babies who attended a chiropractic clinic in England suffering from sleep problems.Study objectives:1. To ascertain how many of the babies attending clinic with sleep problems had suffered trauma at birth; 2. To evaluate whether chiropractic intervention improves sleep in babies/children who are suffering pain resulting from birth trauma.Design:Babies and children (0–12 years) were considered eligible for inclusion in the study if the initial referral appeared to be linked to sleep disturbance and/or birth trauma. The treatment included gentle releases to reduce the cranial, skeletal torsion with the aim of restoring bilateral regularity and improving cranial pulses.Using pre- and post-treatment questionnaires, the effect of the chiropractic treatment on the sleep and feeding patterns of these babies was assessed.Setting:Abacus Chiropractic Clinic, Stratford-upon- Avon, UK.Participants:The 220 subjects in the study were all children with a mean age 2.9 years (the majority were infants). Of these, 54 presented with sleep problems, 90 presented with pain or discomfort, 62 presented with feeding problems and the remaining 14 subjects with non-specific problems.Interventions:The parents of all subjects completed a questionnaire prior to the first consultation. At that consultation, a full assessment was carried out and a chiropractic treatment plan explained. The treatment given included gentle releases to reduce the cranial, skeletal torsion with the aim of restoring bilateral regularity and improving cranial pulses.Measurements and results:25% of the participants reported sleep problems in the pre-treatment questionnaire and, following chiropractic treatment, all participants reported improved sleep. Furthermore, another 30% of participants, who initially presented with other difficulties, noted an improvement in the duration of sleep, as well as improvements in the baby's ability to settle.Conclusions:The results show a correlation between chiropractic intervention at the infant stage and improvements in sleep, reduction in discomfort and pain, and improved feeding.

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