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Chiropractic Helps Infant with Birth Trauma & Colic

Following birth trauma, the 2-month-old male infant in this case was suffering from colic, allergic colitis, plagiocephaly, and difficulty latching to breastfeed. As early as four weeks old he had blood and mucus in his stools, was very irritable most days and this got even worse at night. During the night he grew more and more inconsolable. Several medications were prescribed which did ot resolve the problems. His mother noted it was a painful birth, the cord got wrapped around his body and vacuum extraction was used. Once delivered he was not breathing, had bruising, and a deformed skull. 

The chiropractor examined him and found structural shifts in his skull, neck, back, pelvis, and sacrum.  He also had deficits in reflexes. These findings were confirmed by additional testing. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

Following chiropractic care he experienced resolution of colic and he was a much happier baby. There was a dramatic improvement in colitis symptoms, there was no presence of blood in his stools, he was breastfeeding normally, all medications were discontinued and his head began to take on a more normal shape. The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population

Reference: Complete Resolution of Allergic Colitis, Colic, Plagiocephaly, and Breastfeeding Challenges in a 2-Month-Old Patient Undergoing Subluxation-Centered Chiropractic Care:  A Case Study.  Stanton Hom, DC & Kaitlyn Shikada, DC.  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ Volume, 2021

Breech, pregnancy

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Resolution of Breech Presentation Confirmed by Ultrasound & Successful Vaginal Birth Following Webster Technique in a Pregnant Female

The purpose of this case study is to discuss the positive health outcomes and resolution of breech presentation in a pregnant female undergoing chiropractic care utilizing Webster Technique.

Clinical Features: A 28-year-old first time pregnant mother presented to the chiropractor at 33 weeks pregnant with breech presentation and hip pain.

Intervention and Outcomes: Over the course of one month the patient was managed utilizing Webster Technique to determine sacral subluxations. After 7 visits, her hip pain decreased and the fetus was found to be in the vertex position which was confirmed by ultrasound. The patient continued chiropractic care until the successful vaginal delivery of the baby.

Conclusions: This case discusses the result of the Webster Technique and chiropractic adjustments to relieve hip pain and sacral alignment. The patient was able to have a successful vaginal birth with no reported complications.

If you or anyone you know are pregnant and suffering from hip pain and/or a breech positioned baby, speak to your chiropractor about the possibility of utilizing chiropractic adjustments to alleviate pain and realign baby’s position for an optimum birth experience. Dr. Gartzke is experienced with the Webster Technique and would be happy to discuss how this method of manipulation could be of help to you.

Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, Volume 2020 Pamela Stone-McCoy, DC, DACCP& Baley White, DC. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ June 1, 2020 ~ Pages 12-17