A New Hope for Encopresis: Insights from Chiropractic Research

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A New Hope for Encopresis: Insights from Chiropractic Research

How Chiropractic Adjustments Are Changing the Game for Children with Bowel Incontinence

Encopresis, a challenging and often distressing condition marked by involuntary fecal soiling in children, can significantly impact a child's social and emotional well-being. Traditional approaches to managing this condition, such as modifications in toilet training practices and dietary supplements, often fall short of providing relief. However, a groundbreaking case study published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic offers new hope through chiropractic care.

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In their study, "Resolution of Pediatric Encopresis Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Review of the Literature," Sherry Meeks, BS, DC, Tracy Green, BS, DC, and Michael Evans, BS, DC, present compelling evidence of the potential benefits of chiropractic adjustments for children suffering from encopresis. The research documents the clinical journey of an 8-year-old female who struggled with fecal incontinence despite previous interventions, including altered potty training habits and the use of Colace supplements.

Upon presenting to a chiropractic clinic, clinical features such as pelvic unleveling and a history of irregular bowel movements suggested underlying vertebral subluxation. Employing the Thompson terminal point technique, a subluxation-based chiropractic care protocol was initiated. Remarkably, within just two weeks of starting chiropractic adjustments, improvements in the patient's condition were observed. After six weeks of consistent chiropractic care, the young girl achieved complete resolution of her fecal incontinence, experiencing no accidents for the first time in her life.

This case study underscores the potential of chiropractic care in addressing not just the symptoms of encopresis but targeting its root causes by improving nerve function and spinal health. The authors highlight the necessity of further research in this area, pointing out the limited but growing body of evidence supporting chiropractic's positive effects on digestive issues and related conditions.

The findings from Meeks, Green, and Evans' research illuminate chiropractic care as a promising avenue for families seeking alternatives to conventional treatments for encopresis. By focusing on vertebral subluxation and employing specific chiropractic adjustments, there is potential for significant improvements in children's quality of life, offering a beacon of hope for those affected by this condition. 

As with any medical or health intervention, it's essential for parents and caregivers to consult with healthcare professionals to explore the most appropriate and effective treatment options for their child's unique needs. Yet, this study adds an important layer to the conversation around encopresis management, suggesting that chiropractic care might just be the missing piece for some families on their journey towards healing. 

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