An Osteopathic Approach to Treating Colic

Colic is a disorder of excessive, high-pitched crying that occurs at least three hours per day, for at least three days a week, for a minimum of three weeks.  The crying baby is usually inconsolable, in discomfort and gets little sleep.  It can be extremely stressful for the caregivers and other family members.  There have not been any clear causes of colic to be found once other causes of disease have been ruled out. Some of these other causes which may present as colic include, but are not limited to: migraine, allergies, constipation, gastroesophageal reflux (all of which are medical conditions that osteopathic physicians can treat with osteopathic manipulation).
During an appointment with an osteopathic physician who performs osteopathic manipulation, a thorough history and examination takes place.  Osteopathic physicians gently diagnose the entire body, looking for any areas of restriction, paying close attention to regions in the body that affect the gastrointestinal system.  A plan based on exam findings is then formed by the physician, who then provides gentle manipulation using their hands to reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, improve respiration, balance the nervous system, improve gastrointestinal function, and promote healthy development.  Benefit can often be noticed after just one or two treatments.