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Chiropractic Adjustments Far Superior to Standard Medication (Denmark, 1999)

Infantile colic, which occurs in approximately one-fifth of newborns, involves prolonged, intense, high-pitched crying and is believed to be of gastrointestinal origin. In a Danish study at the University of Odense, Wiberg and colleagues performed a randomized clinical trial in which colicky babies were given either very gentle spinal manipulation or dime­thicone, an anti-foaming agent used in medical treatment of colic. Subjects were recruited by health visitor nurses from Denmark’s National Health Service, which integrates chiropractic care. Treatment lasted 2 weeks. By day 12, hours of crying decreased by 66% for the chiropractic group and 38% for the medication group.

Wiberg JM, Nordsteen J, Nilsson N. The short-term effect of spinal manipulation in the treatment of infantile colic: a randomized controlled clinical trial with a blinded observer. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1999;22(8):517-522.