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Chiropractic and Irritable Bowel Syndrome


Contact:  Dr. Robert Cummins Jr., D.C.
4122 Factoria Blvd. SE, Suite 202
Bellevue, WA 98006
(425) 590-9158

Case study shows promising data

Resolution of Irritable Bowel Symptomatology in a Patient Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

(August 19, 2013). A recent article in the Journal of Upper Cervical Research reported on a 32- year-old female who suffered with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), depression, and anxiety, who presented to a chiropractic office for upper cervical chiropractic care.

A 32-year-old female optometrist, who suffered from IBS daily and depression for ten years presented for chiropractic care.  Symptoms included painful, runny bowel movements every morning upon rising.  Discomfort and bloating were noticed most of the day.  Symptoms were exacerbated by alcohol consumption, stress, large meals and fatty foods.  She was also previously diagnosed with depression and anxiety by her primary care physician.

The average prevalence of IBS is estimated between 12-30% of the U.S. population and currently in the U.S., management is mostly medical and aimed at reducing symptoms like pain, diarrhea, and constipation.

Specific upper-cervical adjustments were delivered at the atlanto-occipital area to correct vertebral subluxation.  The patient stated that bowel function was restored to normal following care and that she experienced a decrease in incidence of depression and anxiety.

“This is just one study,” explained Dr. Cummins, “but with such promising results, further research is merited to investigate the relationship between chiropractic care for IBS as well as for depression and anxiety

Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Cummins, whose office is located at 4122 Factoria Blvd. SE, Suite 202, Bellevue, WA (telephone 425-590-9158).