Being born is serious work.
Regardless of delivery method, the forces babies undergo while entering this world means there is a chance for injury during the process.
With the head often being used as a leverage point to help pull the baby out, the cranium, neck and spine are common places to sustain injury.
Insult to these regions can be detrimental to the babies development, especially if the nervous system is affected.
The nervous system is what guides our expression of life.
It controls all of our primitive reflexes, our muscles and our bodies growth and development.
When distortions in the spine and cranium apply tension to the nervous system, the body cannot function as it was designed to do and we can run into problems.
We see clinically and in the research that when babies have impaired neurologic function, things can go less than perfect.
Common expressions of this are latching/feeding issues, colic, cranial asymmetries, diarrhea or constipation, delays in milestones or primitive reflexes, and the list goes on.
If distortions in the spine and cranium are pressuring the nervous system causing dysfunction, reduction in those distortions should improve the dysfunction.
This is the goal of the chiropractor and the reason why babies and adults alike thrive under chiropractic care.
This particular paper describes resolution of torticollis, breast feeding and cranial distortion in a twin infant receiving chiropractic care, and reviews the available literature.
The citation and abstract is included below!
Resolution of Torticollis, Breastfeeding Difficulties & Cranial Distortion in a Twin Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Report & Review of the Literature
Sarah Green, DC & Joel Alcantara, DC
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ July 10, 2019 ~ Pages 78-81
Clinical Presentation: The infant was 13-day-old a male when presented for chiropractic consultation and possible care. The infant had torticollis, had difficulty latching to his mother’s left breast and cranial distortion. He was both tongue and lip tied which was released via a scalpel. Prior care was a visit to a lactation consultant to have his tongue and lip tie revised. A visit to his pediatrician for a regularly scheduled check-up proved non-beneficial.
Treatment and Outcome: The patient was cared for with Diversified Technique (i.e., touch and hold) and the Webster Coronal Suture Technique. The patient was cared for over seven visits over 6-week period to address the infant’s presenting complaint with continued salutogenic care thereafter.
Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence that infants born with muscular torticollis, cranial distortion and difficulty breastfeeding may benefit from chiropractic care. We support continued documentation in the scientific literature of similar cases to inform higher-level research designs and clinical practice.