Design: A case report.
Setting:Private chiropractic practice.
Subjects: This case involved a 4-month-old male infant presenting with excessive crying and associated head malposition, disturbed feeding and sleeping patterns, all of which started one-and-a-half months previously. Upper cervical, mid thoracic and cranial dysfunction as well as suboccipital musculature hypertonicity was recorded in this case.
Methods: The infant received diversified low-force chiropractic manipulation to the upper cervical spine and low-pulsed impulses to the thoracic spine. Additionally, soft tissue stretching to the restricted cervical and trunk musculature and light touch cranial manipulative therapy was given to the infant. Treatment was provided over a 4-week period, twice weekly and included supportive care (advice about emotional disturbances and coping mechanisms in times of overwhelming feelings were given to the parents).
Results: Complete resolution of all presenting symptoms was achieved in this instance.
Discussion: This case suggests a possible association between the development of cranial and spinal segmental dysfunction, muscular imbalance and consequential manifestation of symptoms of a pain syndrome of infancy. It also illustrates chiropractic treatment restoring correct spinal and cranial motion, with an associated resolution of symptoms. Finally, it emphasizes the importance of offering help for distressed caregivers.
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