Wittman R, Vallone SJ Clin Chiropr Pediatr2008 Mar; 9(1): 558-62

Purpose: To present and discuss the case of a child with cystic fibrosis and the observed improvement in growth and development documented subjectively and objectively during the course of this treatment.

Methods: A case study of a 10-month-old male child who presented to Kentuckiana Children’s Center with failure to thrive, chronic cough, malabsorption, and discontent with a diagnosis of cystic fibrosis. The child’s treatment plan consisted of full spine chiropractic adjustments and craniosacral therapy along with dietary interventions.

Results: Improvements in demeanor, developmental milestones, digestion and weight gain were documented by the parents  and chiropractor over the course of six to eight months. he continued to demonstrate improvements over the next 18 months of care.

Conclusion: It is the authors’ opinion that chiropractic adjustments and craniosacral therapy may have been contributory to measured gains in multiple areas of development of this young child with cystic fibrosis. Further study is warranted to determine the role of chiropractic in helping children with cystic fibrosis and how chiropractic may serve as part of an integrated early intervention team for children with this condition.


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