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Sherry Meeks DC, Tracy Green DC & Michael Evans DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ January 24, 2019 ~ Pages 6-10


Objective: To report on the resolution of fecal incontinence following regular chiropractic adjustments.

Clinical Features: An 8-year-old female with pelvic unleveling and a history of irregular bowel movements presented to a chiropractic clinic with signs of vertebral subluxation. Previous attempts of altered potty training habits and stool softeners were unsuccessful in regulating her bowel movements.

Intervention and Outcomes: The pediatric patient received subluxation based chiropractic care using the Thompson terminal point technique protocol. Improvements began after two weeks of care and after 6 weeks the fecal incontinence was resolved, with the patient having no accidents for the first time in her life.

Conclusion: While there is limited research on the effect of chiropractic care on encopresis, studies, including this one, have shown that chiropractic adjustments may have a positive effect on the outcomes. It is an important area that is in need of further research.

Key Words: Chiropractic, encopresis, Thompson technique, subluxation, incontinence, pediatric, adjustment

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