Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 22048
  Title Management of atypical infant colic – a pain syndrome of infancy – and the emotional stress associated with it: Why treat a benign disorder? [case report]
Journal Clin Chiropr. 2011 Sep;14(3):91-96
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Case Report
Abstract/Notes Objective: To present one case study in which the complete resolution of atypical infantile colic – a pain syndrome of infancy – and associated symptoms and emotional stress was achieved when the patient underwent chiropractic treatment.

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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