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ID 15211
  Title The effects of chiropractic care on a patient with chronic constipation
Journal J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2001 Sep;45(3):185-191
Peer Review No
Publication Type Case Report

Objective and rationale: To report the effect of weekly chiropractic adjustments on a patient with reported chronic constipation. Design architecture: case report.

Outcome measures: The outcome measures assessed were a reduction in the diagnostic criteria of constipation, the patient's overall sense of well being rated on a Global Well-Being Scale and the frequency of low back pain.

Method: The patient completed all required intake forms according to the H.K. Lee Outpatient clinic protocol at CMCC, and a questionnaire regarding bowel habits. A senior intern performed a complete history and spinal examination and the patient was treated for two months. Throughout the two months the patient completed the bowel habit questionnaire at each visit and at a follow up appointment one month later.

Results: Results support a decline in constipation according to the requisite criteria, resolution of low back pain, and a Global Well-Being scale score of over 9/10.

Conclusion: It appears that chiropractic treatment may have a role in the improvement of chronic constipation.

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