Abstract: Objective/Clinical Features: Colic and reflux are common complaints for infants and neonates, and both conditions represent potentially complex aetiologies. From a chiropractic standpoint, subluxation-based care that ensures optimal oral function and suck-swallow coordination is of value for supporting mothers and babies dealing with reflux. Also, reducing physical stress on the nervous system via vertebral subluxation reduction may change the infant from being in sympathetic nervous system overdrive to a more balanced state with parasympathetic system, allowing for decreased sensitivity of gag reflex, and improved function of digestive system.
Intervention/Outcome: Subluxation-based care of five infants with colic and/or reflux, using modified diversified technique and oral soft tissue therapy was concomitant with a significant reduction or complete resolution of colic or reflux.
Conclusion: Chiropractic care for the reduction of subluxations may support digestive processes and gag reflex sensitivity via restoring balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic systems as well as improved suck swallow reflex coordination in infants.
Author keywords: Chiropractic - Subluxation - Breast feeding - reflux
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