Improved Infant Sleep with Chiropractic

infant_sleep_chiropracticMany par­ents can relate to what it’s like to have an infant with sleep prob­lems. They’re no fun for the infant, and a dis­turbed sleep pat­tern usu­ally means exces­sive cry­ing, which can add a great amount of stress to new parents.

While most babies will sleep through the night from three months on, some infants will have dif­fi­culty falling or stay­ing asleep for longer than a few hours at a time.

Par­ents are usu­ally told not to worry and that their child will even­tu­ally grow out of it.

Some­times, par­ents are taught “behav­ioral mod­i­fi­ca­tion” tech­niques, such as “let­ting them cry it out”, which pro­vide lit­tle com­fort to both par­ent and child. These approaches are often not the best solutions.

While it is may be dif­fi­cult to pin­point the exact rea­son your baby is not sleep­ing, there is new hope for par­ents of babies who sim­ply can’t set­tle down enough to sleep through the night.

A pilot study con­ducted by Drs. Joyce Miller and Matts Klems­dal eval­u­ated whether rou­tine chi­ro­prac­tic care could improve an infants’ sleep pattern.

The study, pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Chi­ro­prac­tic Pedi­atrics, inves­ti­gated 116 infants, who were under reg­u­lar chi­ro­prac­tic care for var­i­ous conditions.

Accord­ing to a 2010 press release from the Chi­ro­prac­tic Lead­er­ship Alliance detail­ing the results of the study, only 10% of those infants had come to the chi­ro­prac­tor because of sleep dis­tur­bances — the major­ity of the chil­dren received chi­ro­prac­tic care for spinal dysfunction, and their symptoms had been exces­sive cry­ing and colic.

Spe­cific, gen­tle adjust­ments were applied to mis­aligned areas of the spine (called ver­te­bral sub­lux­a­tions) over the course of a few vis­its. The results were astounding.

The release explains that after the first visit, nearly 40% of infants enjoyed a longer (and deeper) sleep. After seven vis­its, up to 60% of the infants had showed such improvement.

While infant sleep may be a com­pli­cated issue, it would appear that chi­ro­prac­tic care seems to help some chil­dren get a bet­ter night’s sleep.

Chi­ro­prac­tic care for chil­dren is gen­tle, safe and effec­tive. If your baby is hav­ing dif­fi­culty set­tling down before sleep, it might be worth a trip to your fam­ily chiropractor.

Source: Pilot Study: Can Chiropractic Care Improve Infants’ Sleep? Joyce Miller, DC, DABCO, Matts Klemsdal, Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, Volume 9, No 1, March 2008