Objective: To describe the successful chiropractic care of a toddler with an abnormal crawling pattern and review the literature.
Clinical Features: An 11 month female infant was presented by her mother with concerns regarding her daughter’s inability to cross-crawl. The infant was described as a “bottom shuffler”. The infant’s unusual locomotion began at 8 months of age.
Intervention and Outcome: Chiropractic examination identified sites of subluxation at the upper cervical spine and sacro-iliac joint. Chiropractic adjustments were applied using the Activator Instrument and sacral-occipital technique. The patient’s mother reported that within a few hours after the first visit, the patient began crawling on all fours, in a cross-crawl manner. She was confident to crawl upstairs.
Conclusion: This case study demonstrates the possibility, that chiropractic care may alter abnormal biomechanical function, affecting developmental milestones such as ambulation. We support further research in the care of similar patients.
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