Pediatric Chiropractic Care For Colic

by Administrator 21. October 2016 02:28

Colic, also termed as ‘Infantile Colic’ is a condition that affects babies typically in the second or third week after birth. It is characterized by repeated episodes of crying, usually for more than three hours per day. It is a common condition and can affect up to three out of ten babies. However, Colic does not interfere in the baby’s development as it tends to settle down after a period of three to four months.

What Causes Baby Colic?

The exact cause of Baby Colic is not known. The following are some of the factors that may lead to the condition:

  • Mood swings
  • Environmental changes
  • Underdeveloped digestive system
  • Overstimulation by noise or light
  • Immature nervous system
  • Stomach pain 
  • Other causes may include Allergies, lactose intolerance, Infant Acid Reflux etc.

Signs & Symptoms

  • A baby with Colic cries in a pitch higher than normal
  • Flexes his legs, clenches the fist
  • Bloated stomach
  • Periodic fussiness
  • Crying bout generally occurs in the evening or at night.
  • Increased bowel movement
  • Change in sleeping habit
  • Face gets flushed or red


Although there is no permanent treatment for Colic, the symptoms can be reduced with chiropractic adjustments. It is recommended to consult a pediatric chiropractor if the crying is uncontrollable. Based on the duration, intensity, pattern of crying, he may identify the root cause of the condition (infection, food allergies, hormonal imbalance etc.) and devise a treatment plan accordingly.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

According to the chiropractors, appropriate nerve supply is essential to ensure proper functioning of all the systems in the body. Vertebral subluxation can cause disruption in the nervous system causing discomfort and lead to conditions like Colic. Chiropractic care can help to establish proper alignment of the vertebrae which can relive the symptoms.

A chiropractor uses gentle adjustments to restore proper nervous system functioning of the baby. As the treatment does not involve the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications, they are no side effects caused.

Listed below are some of the benefits of chiropractic for Colicky babies:

  • It helps to address the problem of an immature nervous system as well as nerve dysfunction which inhibits the flow of signals and information from the brain to the digestive tract.
  • It reduces the stress caused to the baby by external factors such as sound and light
  • The affected infants show improvement within just 2-3 chiropractic sessions. There is a significant decrease in the amount of crying  which helps in getting a sound sleep
  • The baby’s spine may get slightly misaligned during the birthing process. Stimulations and manipulations done by the chiropractors can help to realign the vertebrae and ease the symptoms
  • It helps to relieve stiffness in the babies’ joints which could be a cause of irritation and pain
  • With the help of chiropractic care normal functioning of the infant’s spine can be restored

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer chiropractic care for Colic and other pediatric conditions such as acid reflux, infections, digestive problems etc. The chiropractors have extensive experience in using spinal manipulation and other techniques to improve the strength and flexibility of the spine. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors in Harker Heights, TX, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600.

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Spinal Manipulation For Low Back Pain

by Administrator 12. October 2016 03:16

Spinal manipulation is a manual therapy practiced by chiropractors to treat chronic low back pain besides various other ailments. The manual therapy involves massage, exercises or physical therapy to manipulate the spinal cord and relieve pain as well as stress off the back.

The therapy can be carried out either to help the patient find relief from the prevailing symptoms or to rectify spinal misalignments, if present. It is based on the premise that displaced bones (vertebrae), muscles and nerves lead to pain in the low back. The body’s self-defense mechanism is hampered when the spinal cord is misaligned or the nerves are unable to carry transmissions across the body.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a complex ailment which may occur due to various causes and thus needs a holistic treatment plan. It is generally caused due to inflammation of the muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine. The pain can vary from mild to severe and be either localized or radiate to other parts of the body, particularly lower extremities. In most cases, the condition is not severe and subsides on its own within a few days. However, if low back pain is a result of an underlying medical condition, it may last for several weeks or even months.


  • Age related wear and tear of the lumbar spine may increase a person’s chances of suffering low back pain
  • Injury to the ligaments, tendons and muscles in the lower back may also be a potential cause
  • Poor postural habits put excessive stress in the lower back, thus leading to pain
  • The condition may also be caused due to lifting heavy weights, excessive or forceful twisting, bending from the waist or extending forward to reach for something
  • Medical conditions such as Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease etc. may increase the likelihood of developing the condition

Process Of Spinal Manipulation

The process begins after an initial clinical examination of the spine, patient’s medical history and the existing symptoms. An X-ray imaging may be required to analyze the position of vertebrae (subluxations) in the spinal column. Some range of motion tests and neurological assessments may also be conducted.

Spinal manipulation is carried out by applying sudden concentrated force or stretching a specific joint or the entire spinal column. In addition to manual adjustments, the practitioner may also use cryotherapy, heat therapy, traction, electric stimulation, or ultrasound to enable deep tissue stimulation and healing. The patient experiences a popping or cracking sound in the point where the pressure is applied just like cracking knuckles. In some cases, an instrument may be used to apply pressure on particular vertebrae.

How Does Spinal Manipulation Benefit?

Given below are some of the benefits of a spinal manipulation therapy:

  • It is a completely safe and non-invasive and holistic method of treatment
  • It reduces internal swelling and inflammation of the nerve roots
  • The nerve functioning is greatly enhanced
  • It restores the natural balance within the body by improving the circulatory system
  • The process is targeted at relieving pain from a particular part of the body
  • There is no permanent change made to the spinal cord
  • The overall physical functionality of the spine is improved and the range of motion can be effectively restored
  • Joint Cavitation- gases such as nitrogen, oxygen and carbon-dioxide trapped between the joint spaces are released which reduces joint pressure
  • The natural therapeutic measures are used in spinal manipulation, such as heat, massage, ice packs, which exert beneficial effects on the body and promote healing
  • Nutritional counseling and lifestyle modification may also be provided to enable the patient in coping up with the condition better

If you are suffering from acute or chronic low back pain, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness for comprehensive treatment. The chiropractors at our clinic specialize in using spinal manipulation and other techniques to restore the flexibility as well as strength of the lower back. Patients in Killeen, TX can call at (254) 698 – 1600 to schedule an appointment with the chiropractor. 

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