You shouldn’t have to be a parent to recognize the devastating impact that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome could play in a family. It is a syndrome that I have seen medicine link to: mattresses, cribs, parents, genetics, vaccinations, as well as admitting they are not very sure of the cause.
With as many potential causes, parents do their best to protect and prevent the potential of SIDS. This is where chiropractic care via an adjustment to a child’s cervical spine can play a roll. Dr. Dan Murphy, D.C. extracted this information from a study published in Forensic Science International back in 2002.
As the study says, it is estimated that as many as 17.8% of children have asymmetry and misalignment in the top three vertebra of the neck. They also validate the use of chiropractic adjustments as one of the best and safest ways at correcting this problem, and allowing the body to repair the motor and sensory losses sustained from asymmetry.
Over 20,000 adjustments to children, with zero side effects, and positive results.
Something we should all consider when choosing preventative care for our children.
“In first world countries, sudden infant death (SID) is the most common cause of death during the first 12 months of postnatal life.”
In this study, infants between 1 and 12 months of age were given upper neck chiropractic adjustments if they were thought to be at risk of sudden infant syndrome,
by noting “asymmetries in the horizontal and sagittal plane of body posture and motion.” [Postural and segmental chiropractic subluxation complexes]
Asymmetry in the atlanto-occipital-C2 region was determined by x-rays.
“For the chiropractic therapy the infants were positioned on their back while the
chiropractor was sitting perpendicular to the child’s head. Great care was taken that
the infant was comfortable before the impulse [adjustment] was administered. The
impulse [adjustment] was applied to the side of the asymmetry.”
“How safe is chiropractic treatment for young infants?”
“The chiropractic therapy has proven to be a successful technique which can be used to
treat disorders, especially cerebral disturbances of motor patterns of various etiology
(wryneck, c-scoliosis, irritation of the plexus brachialis), sensomotoric disturbances of
integration ability (retardation of sensation and coordination), as well as pain related
entities such as cry-babies with ‘3-month colic’ or hyperactivity with sleeplessness.”
“In older children disturbances of this kind are known as retardation of development in
motor patterns as well as in sensory abilities.”
The epidemiological prevalence of such disturbances is as high as 17.8% of children.
“Chiropractic treatment seems to be the most successful therapy which helps to treat
“Therefore, chiropractic treatment and manual therapy have become increasingly
popular over the past decade.”
“We can report more that 20,000 children treated without serious complications.”
“Thus, our findings are consistent with the possibility that a minor mechanical irritation
of the cervical region may trigger the first step in the events that lead to SID.”
“Children with a disturbed symmetry of the atlanto-occipital region could be of higher
risk for SID.”
Heart rate changes in response to mild mechanical irritation of the high cervical spinal cord region in infants
Forensic Science International
Volume 128, Issue 3, August 28, 2002, Pages 168-176
L. E. Koch, H. Koch, S. Graumann-Brunt, D. Stolle, J. M. Ramirez and K. S. Saternus
The success at helping children reach optimum health through chiropractic adjustments is also something to consider here. The reality, as science validates, that the brain needs to be able to send and receive signals to the rest of the body to function properly. There should be no elements of interference, which is the exact job of a good chiropractor. Find the interference, remove it, and allow the body to heal.
Medicine does agree with the concept of symptomatology being caused by pressure on the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. However in cases like this, they name it a syndrome, which is made up of particular symptoms.
I will review some this in another blog post about Arnold-Chiari Syndrome, which approaches health and symptoms in a very chiropractic like viewpoint, but has a much more dangerous and extreme resolution – and medicine says chiropractic isn’t safe?
To be continued…