Some of the most rewarding moments I’ve had in practice have occurred while taking care of children and especially newborns. I gotta tell you, the birth process is intense! The journey of the new baby from a luxurious five star uterus into a stressful gravity based word places a tremendous and amazing toll on its spine. Especially at the top part of the neck where the brain and spinal cord come together.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that this area is supremely important in growth and development. That’s why it is essential to make sure your baby is “clear of interference” at this level for proper communication between the brain and body. If there is a subluxation at this level, LIFE cannot flow freely.
That’s why I’ve included a research article from one of my pediatric instructions, Dr. Peter Fysh. I expect you will see the value of chiropractic care for your kids!
That’s my little baby niece, Phoebe, getting her atlas, the upper most bone in the spine, adjusted!
Suboccipital Strain in Newborns
By Peter Fysh, DC
The upper cervical spine and atlanto-occipital junction have been identified in previous studies as being the cause of a diversity of clinical findings affecting the newborn infant. This month we review a study by Biedermann in which suboccipital strain is identified as causing a variety of signs and symptoms in a group of 114 young infants.
The study, published in the Journal of Manual Medicine, not only identifies the signs and symptoms of the suboccipital strain syndrome, but also highlights the effectiveness of spinal adjustments in correcting the problem.1
Kinematic imbalances due to suboccipital strain, otherwise known as KISS syndrome, identifies the pathogenic potential of the craniovertebral junction to produce a constellation of clinical findings. From a group of 600 children, 114 were chosen for treatment and follow-up study. Their symptoms included restricted motion of the cervical spine, torticollis, cervical scoliosis, facial scoliosis, asymmetric muscle tone, retarded development of the hip joints, opisthotonos (retraction of the head and arching of the back, with infant unable to hold the head erect), deformities of the feet, restless sleep, and not eating or drinking well.
The most common findings were those of torticollis (head tilted to one side), scoliosis (sideways curve of the cervical spine), asymmetric muscle development, slow development of the hip joints and asymmetrical or slow development of motor skills.
The most common factors causing suboccipital strain were identified in the study as including intrauterine malposition of the fetus, the use of forceps or vacuum extraction during the birth process, prolonged labor and multiple fetuses (twins, triplets, etc.). The incidence of these risk factors in affected infants varied significantly from the established normal birth statistics.
According to the authors of this study, the pathogenic importance of asymmetric posture in infants and young children is often disregarded, with the condition either being dismissed as unimportant or not recognized at all.
All of the subjects in the study were …