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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Feb;20(1):32-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.10.008. Epub 2013 Oct 30.

An integrative review of the literature on the chiropractic care of infants with constipation.

Author information

1
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, 327 N Middletown Rd, Media, PA 19063, USA; Life Chiropractic College West, 25001 Industrial Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545, USA. Electronic address: jalcantara@lifewest.edu.
2
Private Practice of Chiropractic, 12-3735 Rundlehorn Drive NE, Calgary, AB T1Y2K1, Canada. Electronic address: joeydalcantara@yahoo.com.
3
Private Practice of Chiropractic, 6017 Snell Ave, San Jose, CA 95123, USA. Electronic address: alcantaradc3@yahoo.com.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Constipation compromises the health-related quality of life of children. Chiropractic is a popular alternative therapy for children with constipation. We performed this integrative review of the literature to inform clinical practice.

METHODS:

Our integrative review of the literature began with an examination of the databases Pubmed [1966-2013], MANTIS [1964-2013] and Index to Chiropractic Literature [1984-2013]. The search terms used were "constipation", "chronic constipation", and "bowel dysfunction" in the context of chiropractic. Inclusion criteria involved the care of children 0-18 years old published in the English language.

RESULTS:

We found 14 case reports, one case series, and one review of the literature. A number of chiropractic techniques were described with treatment varying according to the diagnosis, chief complaint and age of the patient.

CONCLUSION:

Our integrative review revealed the need for more research and theoretical development on the care of children with constipation.

KEYWORDS:

Chiropractic; Constipation; Pediatrics

PMID:
24439642
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.10.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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