Abnormal Sleeping Patterns Helped With Chiropractic - A Case Study
A case study published in
the July 2006 issue of the peer-reviewed, scientific publication, the
Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (JCCP) documented the effects of
chiropractic care on a nine month old infant girl with a history of
disturbed sleep. The JCCP is the official publication of the Council on
Chiropractic Pediatrics of the International Chiropractors Association.
study article starts off by noting that the average 9 month old should sleep
approximately 14 hours per day. In this case study a nine month old
infant girl was presented for chiropractic care with a history of severely
disrupted sleep and fussiness. Additionally, the infant was refusing
to breastfeed on one side and exhibited, what was called a generally
unsettled behavior. It was also noted that the child would not turn
her head to the left. These problems had been occurring since birth.
The examination confirmed a
reduced range of neck motion to the left and significant muscle tension
in the left and upper neck. Upon touching the neck the child exhibited signs
of being in pain by crying and moving away. It was determined that
subluxations were present, and an appropriate course of adjustments was
The results in this case were
very impressive. The study noted that on the afternoon after the infants
first adjustment the baby girl fell asleep for 5 hours. This was
followed by nighttime sleep of 2 periods of 6 hours each. Over the
next three weeks of care the daytime sleep got shorter, but the nighttime
sleep remained between 6 and 8 hours.
In addition to the dramatic
sleep improvement, the child also improved her range of neck motion and was
able to turn her head to the left in response to sound on the left side.
Additionally the infant began to feed freely and comfortably.
In their conclusion, the
authors of the case study noted that the dramatic improvements after just
one adjustment indicated that the vertebral subluxation found in this case
was at least in part responsible for the disrupted sleep pattern.