Chiropractic care of paediatric non-musculoskeletal conditions: A retrospective patient survey.

Abstract: This paper attempts to facilitate a glimpse into a chiropractic clinical practitioner’s office where non-musculoskeletal conditions are routinely being treated. 

Methods: As standard practice of this office an active group of paediatric patients (2000-07) were (n=127) sent a questionnaire via the mail. For the purposes of this retrospective patient survey children treated for non-musculoskeletal symptoms (n=37) out of those who responded to the questionnaire were used for this survey. All paediatric patients were treated by the same clinician utilising sacro occipital technique and cranial paediatric treatments. 

Results: 65/127 parents responded from our standard follow up outreach and 37/65 were treated for non-musculoskeletal presentations. Of the 37 (17?, 20?) non-musculoskeletal paediatric patients, five were treated for immune dysfunction, seven for developmental delays/dysfunction, nine for birth trauma, one for seizure activity, four for learning problems, three for endocrine problems, three for migraines, two gastrointestinal issues, two for fussiness/agitated/anxiety, and one for enuresis. 

Discussion: Developing a paediatric chiropractic evidence base for practicing doctors should start with expanding the doctor’s knowledge of paediatric diagnosis and treatment options. 

Conclusion: To build a representative evidence base it is essential that research into chiropractic treatment of non-musculoskeletal conditions incorporates successful chiropractic clinical practices treating this subset of paediatric patient.

Indexing Terms: Paediatric care, chiropractic, sacro-occipital technique, cranial technique, non-musculoskeletal conditions.

Cite: Rosen MG, Blum C. Chiropractic Care of paediatric non-musculoskeletal conditions: A retrospective patient survey. Asia-Pac Chiropr J. 2021;1.3:Online only. URL


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