Clinical Chiropractic 2008 (Sep); 11 (3): 122–129
Maria Browning and Joyce Miller
Anglo-European College of Chiropractic,
13-15 Parkwood Road,
Bournemouth, BH5 2DF, UK
Objective: To compare two interventions in the treatment of infant colic.
Design: A single-blinded, randomised, and comparison trial.
Setting: Anglo-European College of Chiropractic teaching clinic.
Participants: Forty-three infants of less than 8 weeks of age who cried >3 h/day for at least 4 of the previous 7 days.
Interventions: Two weeks of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT, n = 22) or occipito-sacral decompression (OSD, n = 21).
Main Outcome Measure: Change in daily hours of crying.
Results: At day 7 of the trial, the mean hours of crying per day were significantly reduced in both groups (SMT, by 2.1 h/day, p < 0.001; OSD, by 2.0 h/day, p < 0.001). At day 14, the mean hours of crying per day were significantly reduced in both groups (SMT, by 3.1 h/day, p < 0.001; OSD, by 2.5 h/day, p < 0.001). At day 14, the mean hours of sleep per day were significantly increased in both groups (SMT, by 1.7 h/day, p < 0.01; OSD, by 1.0 h/day, p < 0.01). Four weeks after completion of the treatment trial, colic had resolved in 82% of the SMT group and 67% of the OSD group.