Resolution of Sleep Disorder in an Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published the results of a case study on July 22, 2019, documenting the chiropractic resolution of sleeping issues in a baby who developed sleeping problems after previously having been able to sleep through the night.

Resolution of Sleep Disorder in an Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Chiropractor Best 5 Star ReviewsThis study begins with the authors noting the importance of the proper amount of sleep in children. “It’s acknowledged that when children are lacking sleep, their physical, emotional, cognitive and social development are negatively affected and can impair both the parent and child’s daytime functioning.” They also report that “…longer sleep duration was generally associated with better body composition, emotional regulation, and growth in children aged 0 to 4 years.”

In this case, a 7-month-old baby girl was brought to the chiropractor by her mother. The girl’s mother stated that her daughter was previously sleeping 9-10 hours throughout the night but recently was currently only sleeping a maximum of 2-3 hours at a time throughout the day. It was also noticed that the girl had difficulties turning her head to the right.

During the examination, it was noticed that the girl was mostly calm throughout the process except when the chiropractor was examining the girl’s neck. Upon touching the neck, the girl became agitated, started fussing, and was grabbing at the doctor’s hands. It was obvious from the palpation examination that the neck area was sensitive and tender to the baby girl, particularly in her upper neck. The motion in this upper neck area was also restricted. No other part of the baby’s spine was sensitive or restricted. A determination was made that subluxations were present.

With consent, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were given to the baby girl’s spine to address the subluxations. The documented results of the care showed that after the first visit, the girl was immediately able to sleep 9-10 hours through the night without issues. After the second visit, her mother reported that the girl had more energy and a better disposition. Her mother also noticed better range of motion in her neck and reported that her baby girl was less fussy.

In the discussion in the study, the authors note that chiropractic for children is generally thought of as being for musculoskeletal issues. “Of the practitioner-based complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, chiropractic has been found to be highly utilized by parents for their children. Use of chiropractic services have been to address physical complaints of mainly neuromusculoskeletal origin, the co-morbidities of childhood and wellness care.” They also note that more parents are bringing children to the chiropractor for issues outside of the musculoskeletal types. “This case report provides supporting evidence on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in infants with disordered sleep as a primary or secondary presenting complaint.”

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Infant with Torticollis and Breastfeeding Difficulties Helped by Chiropractic

A case study published in the June 27, 2019, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health documented the improvement through chiropractic care of an infant who was one of a set of twins, and who was suffering from torticollis and breastfeeding problems.

Infant with Torticollis and Breastfeeding Difficulties Helped by Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Babies Infants WellnessThe study begins by reporting that twin pregnancies and births have a much higher incidence of issues as compared to singular births. They report that twins have a 4-fold higher risk of death in pregnancy and a 7-fold higher risk of death shortly after birth. Additionally, twins have a 10-fold higher need for neonatal special care unit admission and have a 6-fold higher risk for cerebral palsy. There is also an increased risk of birth trauma which can lead to several additional problems.

In this case, a 13-days-old male infant who was one of twins was brought to the chiropractor with his twin sister for evaluation and possible care. The parents reported that during the pregnancy the boy was in the head down position for most of his time in utero with the weight of his sister on top of him. The birth was induced at 37 weeks and the boy was born vaginally 4 hours after his sister.

Since his birth, the infant boy had been struggling with breastfeeding due to a failure to latch. His parents reported that he was very gassy and seemed uncomfortable daily. Consultation with a lactation consultant and a pediatrician provided initial help to a degree, but the breastfeeding problem was still constant.

During the chiropractic examination, it was noted that the boy had a significant right head tilt with left rotation. Most of the testing of the infant was within normal, except for the head tilt, a visible cranial asymmetry, and some specific chiropractic testing that indicated spinal issues. Thermography was used to determine heat variations along the spine along with spinal palpation.

From the findings, it was determined that areas of subluxations were present. With the consent of the parents, chiropractic care was started at the rate of 2 visits per week for the first 4 to 6 weeks. Specific infant appropriate forms of chiropractic adjustments were used to address the subluxations that were present.

By the third visit, it was reported that the infant was able to able to latch on both breasts, and his symptoms of gassiness had also decreased. After 6 weeks of care, the parents reported that his head alignment was improved and positioned more in a neutral position, without the torticollis posture that was previously noticeable. A follow-up examination also documented a reduction in the cranial asymmetry that was initially found on the first examination.

In their conclusion the authors of the study wrote, “This case report provides supporting evidence that infants born with muscular torticollis, cranial distortion and difficulty breastfeeding may benefit from chiropractic care.”

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Opioid Usage and Deaths Decrease with Chiropractic Care

A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in May 2019 reported on the results of a broad study in Canada to see how chiropractic care could affect the usage of opioids in patients suffering from chronic pain. The study titled; “System Dynamics to Investigate Opioid Use and Chiropractic Care for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain” looked at health care records from 2000 to 2015 to see what effect the usage of chiropractic would have on chronic pain patients who were, or would be using opioids to treat their pain.

Opioid Usage and Deaths Decrease with Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Chiropractor Drug Option Joint Taskforce CommisionThis study was put together using a large volume of data from other studies and information from governmental sources. The authors of the study noted that people suffering with musculoskeletal pain, particularly chronic lower back pain, were one of the main groups who would most likely be using opioids for the pain and therefore be most at risk for opioid addiction. The researchers then used currently available data in Canada and the U.S. to forecast what effect an increase in chiropractic would have on opioid usage and addiction.

The study created three categories of population study. The first was people who had chronic pain and were first seeking care from either an MD or a chiropractor. The second group were those under medical care with opioids who then added chiropractic to their care for pain. The third group were those who were already opioid dependent or addicted, and then were adding chiropractic care.

Using data currently available, the researchers were able to project the effect adding chiropractic would have on each of the three groups. The results of this projection would be used to create a model for a large-scale clinical trial which could be used on actual patient populations. Short of actually having such a study, this study gives as close a view of results of chiropractic care affecting opioid usage as is available from current data.

The results of their study showed that in each of the three groups, the introduction of chiropractic for patients with chronic pain had not only a benefit for the patient’s pain issues, but also had a statistical positive reduction on the usage and dependency of opioid for those patients.

In the group that sought chiropractic early, the researchers were able to show that there would be a decrease in people ever using opioids and therefore a decrease in both addiction and deaths. In the group that was already using opioids but was not yet dependent, the researchers also showed a decrease usage of the opioids with an accompanied decrease in addictions and deaths. In the group that was already addicted to opioids, there was less of statistical reduction in opioid related problems, but the number was still significant enough to show benefits for those individuals.

Even though the results of this study were projections of possible effects, the data showed that the number of people who would become addicted is reduced when chiropractic care is either introduced early or during patient care for pain. This also would cause a decrease in the related deaths from opioids.

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Chiropractic Availability World-Wide

In the journal Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, a study was published on July 24, 2019, that reviewed the availability of chiropractic world-wide. The study titled; “The chiropractic workforce: a global review”, also looked at the number of chiropractors, and the legality in various countries.

Chiropractic Availability World-Wide - Austin TX Chiropractor Health Wellness Insurance Car Truck Accident Crash CollisionThe authors of the report start by noting that there is a global shortage of health care workers. “Health workers are the engine of our health care systems. Yet, the world is faced with a chronic shortage of health workers. In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated a global shortage of 7.2 million health workers, with 83 countries facing a health worker crisis.”

This study points out that there is a growing number of “careseeking elderly people.” This increase in the elderly population leads to an increase of disability, particularly as it relates to musculoskeletal conditions. They estimate that the rate of disability ranges from the average of 11.8% in high income countries to 18.0% in lower income countries. This translates to about one billion people world-wide.

To help meet the challenge of a population in need, this study looked at the number of chiropractors and distribution in 193 United Nations countries. The research looked at factors such as the total number of chiropractors in each region or country, the level of education needed to practice, licensing and legality of practice, and the scope of practice for chiropractic.

The data for this study was collected from a number of sources including chiropractic organizations that were members of the World Federation of Chiropractic, as well as government websites and online data searches.

The study found that there was at least one practicing chiropractor in 90 out of 193 countries. Worldwide, the total number of chiropractors according to this study was 103,469. Not surprisingly, since chiropractic began in the U.S., 77,000 of the total number are in the United States. This translates into 23.7 chiropractors for every 100,000 people, which is the highest density in the world.

There 48 chiropractic educational programs currently in 19 countries, predominantly located in English-speaking and/or high-income countries. Again, the U.S. leads in the number of chiropractic schools having 18 of the total number. Australia has the second highest number of schools with four.

There are 81 countries where their populations have direct access to chiropractic care. In two countries, the Bahamas and Saudi Arabia, a medical referral is needed to see a chiropractor. In 46 countries, just slightly over half of the countries that have chiropractic, the care was partially or fully covered by governmental health programs or private health insurance.

Chiropractic is legally recognized in 68 (75.6%) of the 90 countries. In 12 countries, chiropractic is illegal. Those countries include Egypt, Argentina, Columbia, Austria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lebanon, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and Ukraine. In 10 countries, chiropractic does not fall under the law, leaving chiropractic neither legal or illegal.

In their conclusion, the authors note that chiropractic services are not evenly distributed throughout the world. “The profession is represented in 90 countries, but the distribution, chiropractic educational institutions, and governing legislations and regulations largely favour high-income countries. There is a large under-representation in low- and middle-income countries in terms of provision of services, education and legislative and regulatory frameworks, and the available data from these countries are limited.”

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Colic Helped with Chiropractic

The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research published a case study on July 15, 2019, reporting on the care of an infant who was suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with colic who was helped by chiropractic care.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Colic Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Babies Infants Kids Son Daughter Health Care WellnessThe study reports that GERD has a world-wide prevalence of 30% of all infants making it the most common gastrointestinal disorder in infants. The second most common is colic which as a 20% prevalence.

In this study, a 3-month-old baby girl was brought to the chiropractor by her mother because she was suffering with infantile colic, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and failure to thrive (FTT). The infant’s parents noticed the symptoms of colic and GERD almost immediately after taking their baby home from the neonatal intensive care unit, where the baby girl was exclusively tube feeding. From that point, it was noticed by her parents that their baby’s symptoms got progressively worse. The parents noted that their baby was unable to hold down more than 3 ounces of formula per feeding without spitting up and/or crying.

The history of the mother’s pregnancy revealed that in-utero, ultrasound imaging determined that the child’s umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck twice. The infant was delivered premature by Cesarean Section at 34 weeks into the pregnancy.

Several weeks after the birth, the baby was taken to a pediatrician and a variety of medications were unsuccessfully tried to help the infant. The study noted that the girl’s father was reluctant to have the baby brought to a chiropractor because he did not see any possible benefit and he “didn’t believe” that chiropractic was appropriate for babies. After there was no improvement in the baby’s situation under medical care, it was the mother who finally brought the baby to see a chiropractor.

A chiropractic examination was performed on the infant using age-appropriate procedures and testing, including inspection, palpation and thermal scans. Based on the findings and the seriousness of the issues, specific spinal x-rays were taken. From these procedures, it was determined that subluxations were present in the upper cervical (neck) of the infant. The top bone in the neck is the atlas.

A specific and age appropriate adjustment was delivered to the top bone of the baby’s neck. After the adjustment, follow-up thermal scans were performed to verify that the adjustment had been effective.

Following the infant’s first spinal adjustment, her mother reported that when they returned home, her infant daughter went immediately to sleep and took a long nap. This was very unusual for the baby. It was recorded that by the second visit five days later, the infant’s improved sleep was continuing with her mother noting an overall improvement in her baby’s symptoms. Her mother also noted that her baby was able to ingest and hold down larger amounts of food. The baby’s sleep continued to improve and on a subsequent visit to the MD, it was recorded that the baby was gaining weight.

In the study discussion the authors wrote, “In the case presented, upper cervical care of atlas subluxation resulted in improvements in an infant’s ability to hold down food and improved sleep as well as abatement of GERD and infantile colic, failure to thrive.” They continued in their conclusion by saying, “This case report provides supporting evidence on the successful chiropractic care of an infant suffering from GERD, infantile colic and failure to thrive.

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Chronic Migraines and Neck Pain Helped with Chiropractic

A study published on July 1, 2019, in the research journal the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the case of a woman who was suffering with migraines and was helped by chiropractic. The study is titled “Resolution of Chronic Migraines & Neck Pain in a 23-Year-Old Female Following Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxations.”

Chronic Migraines and Neck Pain Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Best Yelp Google Yahoo Bing ReviewsThe study begins by reporting that headaches are the third most common reason that people seek chiropractic services behind only back and neck pain. Studies vary as to the prevalence of migraine headaches. This study estimates that 12% of the population suffers with this condition. The National Library of Medicine’s Medline offers a summary of migraines by saying, “Migraines are a recurring type of headache. They cause moderate to severe pain that is throbbing or pulsing. The pain is often on one side of your head. You may also have other symptoms, such as nausea and weakness. You may be sensitive to light and sound.”

In this case, a 23-year-old woman went to a chiropractic teaching facility for a consultation and possible care. The woman’s chief complaint was chronic migraine headaches for the past ten years. At that time, she had been diagnosed with migraines by a neurologist, who said the cause of her condition was unknown. In addition to the migraines, the woman also suffered with chronic neck pain and low back pain.

The woman’s history noted that the migraines became worse two years ago after a car accident. Her history also reported issues with hypothyroidism and depression. She was having migraines at the rate of 2-3 times per week. She rated the pain between a 5 and 10, with 10 being the worst. She had been given a variety of medications for her various health issues. She reported little or no relief with her migraines from the medications. The woman reported that her neck pain was constant all day and rated it as a 7 out of 10. She rated her back pain as 5 out of 10, and reported that it was there most of the day. She stated that trying chiropractic was her “last hope.”

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a postural inspection, spinal palpation, range of motion, physical nerve tests, and specific spinal x-rays. From these tests, it was determined that subluxations were present in the woman’s spine. With this conclusion, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were initiated. After the woman received her first neck adjustment, she was excited to report that she had not experienced any migraines since the prior visit. She also noted that there was improvement in both her neck and back pain.

After a month of chiropractic, the woman reported that she had not suffered any migraines and had only had minimal headaches on occasion. After 10 weeks of chiropractic care, the woman reported that all of her initial complaints of chronic migraines, neck pain and low back pain had completely been resolved. She was also able to discontinue all medications for her migraines.

In their conclusion, the authors of the study plainly state, “The case report provides supporting evidence that individuals suffering from headaches may benefit from chiropractic care.”

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Improvement in Behavior and Attention in a Young Girl with ADHD Receiving Chiropractic

Published in the June 2019 issue of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics is a case study documenting the improvement under chiropractic care of behavior and attention in a child diagnosed with ADHD. The study defines ADHD with “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complex pattern of persistent inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsiveness that can interfere normal functioning or development.”

Improvement in Behavior and Attention in a Young Girl with ADHD Receiving Chiropractic - Austin ATX Chiropractor Brain Health Function Nervous SystemAccording to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD), 26 million children and adolescents have ADHD. The study authors point out that the stimulants Ritalin and Dexamphetamine have been common medical treatment for ADHD for years. The study notes that while these drugs may yield short-term success in managing the symptoms of ADHD, they do not address the cause of the problems.

The study also addresses the usage of non-medical approaches to ADHD by stating, “Current non-pharmaceutical treatments for ADHD, including behavioral therapies, educational therapies, family counseling, and dietary or nutritional intervention, have exhibited varying degrees of success, though none stand out as significantly more effective than others.”

In this case, a 7-year old girl with anxiety, sleep disturbances, learning difficulties and behavioral issues was brought to a chiropractor for evaluation. Her history revealed a difficult birth requiring forceps to be used, and a fall at 22 month of age that require medical attention. Her sleep disturbance was that she was unable to fall asleep. Her anxiety was explained to be that she believed she was being bullied at school. Due to her shortened attention span, the girl had difficulties learning in school .She was medically diagnosed at age seven with ADHD by a general practitioner and pediatrician, who prescribed Ritalin.

A chiropractic examination was performed which resulted in the diagnosis of subluxations being present in the girl’s spine. With the consent of a parent, chiropractic care was started on the girl at the initial rate of one visit per week.

The study reports the outcome of the chiropractic care by stating, “Over the course of chiropractic care the child demonstrated reduction in symptoms associated with ADHD, was less anxious and had improved sleep patterns.” The changes to the girl’s sleep pattern and behavior was noticed after just the second chiropractic adjustment. The parents also reported that by the third visit, their daughter was able to better concentrate, and by the fourth visit, the girl was able to have a successful sleepover for the first time in her life.

The study authors explain the chiropractic approach for children in general by saying, “Chiropractic care for the pediatric population has grown in acceptance. Parents regularly choose chiropractic care to help manage common childhood conditions. Chiropractic care aims to optimize health and wellbeing through the enhancement of the nervous system function by removing nerve interference caused by vertebral subluxation.”

In their conclusion they note, “Chiropractic care focused on the correction of vertebral subluxation, was associated with improvements in the child’s presenting symptoms associated with ADHD.”

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Resolution of Chronic Headaches, Improved Sociability, Health & Physical Behavior in a Child with Autism, ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Following Chiropractic

The title above is from a study published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health on June 13, 2019, that documented the improvement under chiropractic care of a child who was suffering with migraine headaches in addition to also having been diagnosed with autism and ADHD.

Resolution of Chronic Headaches, Improved Sociability, Health and Physical Behavior in a Child with Autism, ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Following Chiropractic - Austin TX ChiropractorAccording to the National Institutes of Mental Health, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is said to be a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life.”

The American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic guide, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), states that people with ADS generally have three components. Those are: 1. Difficulty with communication and interaction with other people, 2. Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors, 3. Symptoms that hurt the person’s ability to function properly in school, work, and other areas of life. In the U.S., it is estimated that 1 in 68 children are identified as autistic. Internationally, the number is lower with 1 in 132 having autism worldwide.

In this case, an 11-year-old by was brought to the chiropractor by his parents. The boy’s chief health complaint was sharp, burning and fast headache attacks would only last for a second. These headaches would occur about 30 times per day and would appear through different parts of the boy’s head. His headaches began between 8 and 10 months prior and were now affecting his daily activity and quality of life.

The boy had been taken to a number of medical specialists who had run a variety of medical and imaging tests. All the tests came back normal. The boy had also medically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

A chiropractic examination was performed which consisted of physical inspection, palpation, orthopedic testing, thermographic heat studies and spinal x-rays. Based on the findings of the examinations, it was determined that the boy had multiple areas of subluxations. With the consent of the parents, specific forms of chiropractic adjustments were started on the boy at the initial rate of 2 times per week.

The study reports that the boy’s headaches improved as chiropractic care continued. Additionally, specific autism tests know as the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist or ATEC were done to monitor any change in his autism issues. The results of the various parts of the ATEC showed that there was improvements in the subscales of sociability, and health/physical behavior, as well as an overall improvement in the total ATEC score.

The researchers also used a specific questionnaire that scores the parent’s quality of life. Many studies have shown that a caregiver to an autistic person suffers greatly and has a significant decrease in their quality of life. This study showed that in this case, the actual quality of life of the parent improved significantly as their child underwent chiropractic care.

In their conclusion the authors highlighted the results by saying, “This case report provides supporting evidence on the positive outcomes of chiropractic care for children with autism. We also brought to the forefront parental satisfaction with a child’s chiropractic care and the compromised QoL of a parent caring for a child with autism.

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Low Back Pain and Placenta Previa Resolved Under Chiropractic

On May 27, 2019, the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a documented case study of a pregnant woman who was suffering with lower back pain and Placenta Previa being helped by chiropractic.

Low Back Pain and Placenta Previa Resolved Under Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Sciatic Nerve Pain Pelvic FloorThe placenta is the structure that grows inside an expecting mother’s womb that provides oxygen and nutrition and removes wastes from the developing fetus. According to the Mayo clinic website, “Placenta previa occurs when a baby’s placenta partially or totally covers the mother’s cervix — the outlet for the uterus. Placenta previa can cause severe bleeding during pregnancy and delivery.” Placenta previa occurs in about 1 in 200 pregnancies.

In this case, a 24-year-old woman in her 12th week of pregnancy went to the chiropractor because of lower back pain. She had also been medically diagnosed the week before with placenta previa. The woman reported that her back pain had gradually gotten worse over the past four weeks with no way to relieve the pain. The pain was affecting her daily activity and was aggravated when she would try to pick up her 2-year-old son. The pain had gotten to the point where it was impacting her daily activity and chores.

The woman was able to specifically identify the point of pain as being directly over the right sacroiliac (SI) joint. She rated the pain as a 6 out of 10, (10 is the worst), and noted that the pain got worse as the day went on until it was causing problems with her sleep. She did not receive any medical care for this issue, but she did use some essential oils to no avail. This was her first experience with chiropractic care.

An examination was performed which included a postural analysis, several orthopedic tests, palpation of the spine and surrounding musculature, testing of the spinal ranges of motion and a surface electromyographic (sEMG) examination. From the examination, it was determined that multiple areas of subluxation were present in the woman’s neck and pelvis.

The woman began receiving chiropractic adjustments at the rate of 3 visits per week. After the first week of chiropractic care, the woman reported that almost all of her lower back pain had gone. After 4 weeks of care, she reported that she no longer had any lower back pain. In addition, the woman’s OB/Gyn, using ultrasound imaging, had determined that her placenta previa had resolved. Based upon the good results, the woman elected to continue chiropractic care on a weekly basis for the remainder of her pregnancy.

The authors of this study note that there are some medical opinions that suggest that chiropractic care is contraindicated in women with placenta previa. The authors challenge this assertion citing various other medical opinions and the results of this study. “This case report provides supporting evidence to challenge the notion that placenta previa is an absolute contraindication to chiropractic care.” They go on to state, “Chiropractic care may be effective and beneficial for pregnant women with low back pain and placenta previa.”

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Resolution of Brachial Plexus Palsy from Birth Trauma Following Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published a case study on May 30, 2019, documenting the resolution of Brachial Plexus Palsy in an infant who had the condition from birth. The authors of the study report that neonatal brachial plexus palsy (NBPP) affects between 0.4 and 2.6 percent of infants born in the United States.

Resolution of Brachial Plexus Palsy from Birth Trauma Following Chiropractic - Austin ATX Chiropractor Babies Infants DeliveryMedline of the U.S. National Library of Medicine describes this situation, “The brachial plexus is a group of nerves around shoulder. A loss of movement or weakness of the arm may occur if these nerves are damaged. This injury is called neonatal brachial plexus palsy (NBPP).” They further note, “The nerves of the brachial plexus can be affected by compression inside the mother’s womb and during a difficult delivery.”

In this case, a 14-day-old male infant was brought to the chiropractor by his parents. The infant’s right arm was limp and practically non-functional. It was reported that the infant was born via a difficult cesarean section in which the parents describe that “a lot of tugging” was involved. The hospital staff informed the parents that their baby’s left arm was pulled during the delivery, not his right arm. Due to the awareness of trauma during the birth, x-rays were taken to look for fractures or dislocations. The results of all images were determined to be normal.

Upon examination, it was noted that the infant’s right arm was weaker with less muscle tone as compared to his left. When sitting in a car seat, the baby’s right arm would just hang by his side. When his right arm was moved, it appeared to be much weaker than the left, cause the baby pain and he would cry. Palpation of the infant’s spine led to the determination that a subluxation of the top bone in the neck, the atlas vertebrae, was present.

A specific and age appropriate adjustment was applied to the infant’s neck at the atlas. Immediately, and to the astonishment of the parents, muscle tone began to return to their baby’s right arm. The baby was brought back to the chiropractor two days later at which time 90% of his muscle tone had returned. A second chiropractic adjustment was applied at that time. Four days later, the child was again brought back to the chiropractor and it was reported that the infant had regained 100% function in his right arm.

In the conclusion to this study, the authors wrote, “This case report provides supporting evidence that infants presenting with brachial plexus injury due to birth trauma may benefit from chiropractic care.”

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