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Thursday, 28 February 2008

Can Chiropractic Help a Slow Bowel or Constipation?

Evidence supports that certain cases of bowel disease, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, result from the malfunction of nerves that control the gastrointestinal system (autonomic nervous system and/or enteric nervous system) and/or the immune system, or result after trauma to the spine and/or spinal cord.

If you have a pinched nerve in your upper cervical, neck or in your back, it can cause slow bowel movements or constipation, pain and numbness down the arms or legs plus a whole host of other issues including weakness.


Chiropractic may correct chronic constipation

A case report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics indicates that chiropractic care may help correct chronic constipation.

Investigators followed an 8-year-old boy with chronic constipation. “His mother reported that this had been a problem since the child’s birth. Allopathic treatment consisting of laxatives, high fluid intake, and high fiber intake had not been effective to date.”

According to the study, “the patient was examined and it was determined that he had a sacral chiropractic subluxation complex. Manipulation of the sacral area using diversified adjusting procedures was performed. External massage of the abdomen starting in the right lower quadrant and following the course of the large intestine in a clockwise direction was also applied. The patient reported an immediate dramatic improvement in bowel function after the first treatment. Treatment was continued for a 4-week period (2 visits per week) and then discontinued when the patient (confirmed by his mother) reported consistent normal bowel function. A follow-up call made 13 years after treatment revealed continuing normal bowel function.”


“This case suggests that chiropractic care may be helpful in some cases of chronic constipation,” concludes the report.


Reference: JMPT – January 2007;30:65-8.  


Also see our page on Tips for care of IBS or Ulcerative Colitis.



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