Chiropractic Helps Children with Sleeping Problems

pediatric chiropractor augusta gaEvery parent wants whats best for their child, but when a child has chronic sleeping problems, a parent may be at their wits end–with nowhere to turn and advice from well-meaning friends and family seem conflicting.

A case study published in the the peer-reviewed, scientific publication, the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (JCCP) looked into this very scenario and documented the effects of chiropractic care on a nine month old infant girl with a history of disturbed sleep.

The average number of hours a child of 9 months is predicted to sleep is about 14 hours per day. This child’s sleep amount was well below that number. In addition to severe sleep disruption, she was also noted to be extremely fussy. She also was experiencing difficulty with breast feeding to one side, exhibited generally unsettled behavior and could not turn her head to the left. These problems had been occurring since birth, the article noted. An initial examination of the girl confirmed a reduced range of neck motion to the left.  There seemed to be significant muscle tension in the left and upper neck area as well. Upon  being touched in the neck the child exhibited signs of being in pain by crying and quickly moving her head away.

Viewing the results, her chiropractor determined that there were subluxations (partial dislocations)
present in the child’s cervical area. An appropriate course of adjustments was initiated.  The results of treatment were immediately evident and impressive. After just one adjustment, the baby girl fell asleep for 5 hours in the afternoon. This was followed by nighttime sleep of 2 periods of 6 hours each.

In addition to dramatic improvements in sleep pattern, much to the satisfaction of her parents
as well, the child displayed greatly improved neck motion that was soon noted in response to sound on her left side. Additionally, the infant soon began to feed freely and comfortably.

The conclusion drawn by the authors was that the subluxation evident in the child’s neck area was at least partially responsible for the disrupted sleep pattern. The dramatic improvements after just one Chiropractic adjustment pretty much speak for themselves. It could likely be surmised as well that the infant’s parents were much better rested themselves following treatment and are very thankful for Chiropractic.

If you live in the Augusta GA area and would like to find out if chiropractic care may be beneficial for your child, contact us for a complimentary consultation.  Augusta GA Chiropractors Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic has tremendous success in treating children of all ages from a range of health concerns including sleep problems, scoliosis, and infantile colic.


The Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic Blog is written by Dr. Mark Huntsman.

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