chiropractic and childhood ailments

Research Ties Vertebral Subluxation to Common Childhood Ailments

Below you will find a sample of the research linking vertebral subluxation and nerve interference with specific childhood ailments.

Ear Infection

Investigators evaluated 46 children under the age of five with ear infections. A full 93% recovered within 10 days of chiropractic care (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1996; 19:169-77). Another study looked at 5 children with recurrent middle ear infections who had een receiving medical treatment for at least six months, but had failed to recover. All the children improved with no more than five visits to their chiropractor (J Cin Chir Ped 1996; 1:66).


In one survey of 132 parents of infants with colic, 91% reported that their babies improved after an average of two to three adjsutents (Eur J Chiropr 1985; 33:264-5). Another study of 316 babies with colic found that 94% benefited from chiopractic care (J Manipulative Ther 1989; 12:281-8).


One experiment enrolled 81 children with asthma. After two months of chiropractic care, 90% of subjects showed a significant improved quality of life (J Vertebral sublux Res 1997; 1:41-8). Additionally, 76.5% of asthma patients in another survey reported benefiting from chiropractic (Bull Eur Chir Union 1978; 26:17-34).


One study conducted at Mississippi State University compared chiropractic care to placebo treatment in seven youngsters with attention problems. Five of the patients showed improved behavioral scores. The report concluded that, “chiropractic manipulation (adjustment) has the potential to become an important non-drug intervention for children with hyperactivity” (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1989; 12:353).

The relationship between intensity of chiropractic care and the incidence of childhood disease. Rose-Aymon S, Aymon M. Prochaska-Moss G, Moss R, Rebne R, Nielsen K. Journal of Chiropractic Research 1989 (Spring): 70-77.

This was a pilot study to determine if a relationship existed between the incidence of childhood diseases and intensity of chiropractic care. The results showed intensive chiropractic care (ie. more than seven visits per year and more than one year of care) increased resistance to the common childhood diseases.

A comparative study of the health status of children raised under the health care models of chiropractic and allopathic medicine. Van Breda, WM and Van Breda JM Journal of Chiropractic Research Summer 1989.

One hundred chiropractors and one hundred pediatricians were surveyed and asked about the health of their own children.

Lower antibiotic use and lower incidence of disease, especially ear infections, was reported in the ‘chiropractic’ children. If the ‘chiropractic’ children did get measles, rubella, or mumps it was reported that the diseases were quite mild compared to those exhibited by their classmates.

Absence of T-cells, Immune dysfunction, has colds all the time. International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Newsletter. November 1996.

A male child, age 5, diagnosed with malformation of the cervical spine and severe scoliosis; also was not vocalizing well, had an absence of T-cells, exhibited immune dysfunction, and had colds all the time. Surgery had been considered to correct skull positioning.

Utilizing the infant toggle headpiece, the Atlas was adjusted ASL. The child was medically reevaluated post chiropractic treatment, and he was now deamed normal. Six months later, his vocabulary was normal, his head position was normal, and there were no colds evident during these months. Scoliosis was greatly reduced.