Chiropractic Care Leads to Resolution of Fecal Incontinence in a Child

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Chiropractic Care Leads to Resolution of Fecal Incontinence in a Child
Chiropractic May Play Important Role for Suffering Children

 ATLANTA, Georgia – 2024 

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic demonstrates the effective resolution of pediatric encopresis following chiropractic care. The study focuses on an 8-year-old female patient suffering from fecal incontinence, a condition commonly associated with significant emotional and social distress for affected children and their families.  The literature review included supports the role of chiropractic in those suffering from the related health challenges and calls for more research in this area.

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“Despite previous attempts to manage the condition with altered potty training habits and medication, significant improvement was only observed following the initiation of chiropractic adjustments. The patient experienced notable improvements within two weeks, with complete resolution of fecal incontinence after six weeks of chiropractic care.” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.

McCoy added, “Numerous case studies and some clinical studies are revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and gastrointestinal system.” 

The 8-year-old girl in this study was struggling with fecal incontinence with no relief despite conventional treatments.  She also had a history of asthma, elbow dislocations, a head injury, and irregular bowel movements.  Sometimes she would have accidents and soil her clothes. 

The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her midback and low back.  X-rays confirmed these findings.   These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic care, she experienced complete resolution of her incontinence, allowing her to resume a normal life without medication.

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population. 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic
McCoy Press