Objective: To discuss the positive health outcomes following chiropractic care in an infant suffering sleep disorder.
Clinical Presentation: A 7-month-old female presented by her mother as having difficulty sleeping. According to the infant’s mother, the patient was only sleeping a maximum of 2-3 hours at a time throughout the day.
Treatment and Outcome: The patient was cared for with Diversified Technique (i.e., “touch and hold” contact) at a frequency of once a week for 3-4 weeks, once every 2 weeks for 3 visits, and once a month for salutogenic care. After the first visit, the patient was immediately sleeping 9-10 hours through the night without issues. The patient was less fussy and agitated with each chiropractic visit along with continued sleep.
Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in infants with disordered sleep as a primary or secondary presenting complaint. We encourage further documentation of similar cases to inform clinical practice.
Author keywords: Difficulty sleeping, insomnia, sleep disorder, vertebral subluxation, chiropractic, adjustment
Author affiliations: MP: Private Practice of Chiropractic, Louisville, Kentucky, United States; JA: International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Media, Pennsylvania, United States
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