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Sherry Meeks, BS, DC, Tracy Green, BS, DC, Michael Evans, BS, DC

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ April 9, 2024 ~ Pages 16-21



Objective: To document the clinical changes in a patient diagnosed with fecal incontinence receiving 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 Colace supplements 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 were seen after two weeks of subluxation-based care. After 6 weeks of chiropractic adjustments, 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 digestive issues such as encopresis, studies, including this one, have shown that chiropractic adjustments may have a positive effect on the management and recovery of similar conditions. It is an important area in need of further research.

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

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