The August 20, 2020, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published the results of two case studies that documented the resolution with chiropractic of vomiting problems in two separate pediatric cases. Both patients were young boys who had never received chiropractic care prior to the care reported in this study.
In the first case, a 9-year-old boy who was feeling sick and vomiting was brought to the chiropractor. His parents reported that their son was previously a healthy and active child who played a number of sports year-round. They also noted that, in playing sports, there were multiple occasions where their son would get hit and fall hard.
A chiropractic examination was done which included inspection, palpation, and infrared thermography. Spinal x-rays were also performed which included motion x-rays of the neck known as video fluoroscopy. From these tests, it was determined that subluxations were present. Specific forms of age appropriate chiropractic adjustments were started to address the subluxations. No nutritional, exercise, physiotherapy, or lifestyle modifications were incorporated into the boy’s care.
After just one chiropractic adjustment, the boy’s parents reported that their son experienced a complete resolution of all symptoms by the next day. He no longer felt sick and was not vomiting. His parents continued their son under chiropractic care on a wellness basis.
In the second case, a 7-year-old boy was brought to the chiropractic suffering with complaints of random vomiting after eating. The vomiting was occurring about once every six weeks. He was also suffering with hearing loss in his left ear.
A chiropractic examination was performed which included thermal imaging scans, a video-fluoroscopy, and static x-rays. As in the first case, it was determined that multiple areas of subluxation were present. Based upon the findings, a series of specific chiropractic adjustments were started on the boy.
The case study reported that the boy’s vomiting problems had completely resolved, but that as of the writing of this report, there had not been a change in his hearing. The study noted that this boy also remained under chiropractic care as a wellness or preventative measure.
In their discussion, the authors of the study note that spinal injuries from activity, accidents, or sports will usually affect the neck more seriously in younger patients than it would in a fully developed neck. This scenario sets up the possibility for nerve system interference known as subluxations. Since most subluxations do not result in symptoms, they can remain present for years and create health issues that are seemingly unrelated to a health issue the pediatric patient may be experiencing.