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Resolution of Breastfeeding Difficulties and Plagiocephaly in an Infant Undergoing Chiropractic Care

Melissa Ferranti, DC, Joel Alcantara, DC and Michelle Adkins, DC


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic ~ Volume 2016 ~ Issue 2 ~ Pages 42-45 




Objective: This case report describes the chiropractic care of an infant presenting for care with breastfeeding difficulties and plagiocephaly. 

Clinical Features: A 2-week-old male presented with an attached frenulum, fixed right rotation of the head and cranial plagiocephaly. Examination findings were subluxations at the C1 [ASRP (-ΘX;- ΘY)], the T4 and T11 [Posterior (-Z)], and the sacral base [ P-R (-ΘY)] along with cranial dysfunction.

Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for with digital “touch and hold” adjustments to the spine and cranium resulting in resolution of breastfeeding difficulties and cranial deformation.

Conclusion: The successful chiropractic care of an infant with breastfeeding difficulties and plagiocephaly was described. We support continued documentation in the care of such patients to inform research and practice.

Keywords: breastfeeding difficulties, tongue-tie, plagiocephaly, torticollis, birth trauma, vertebral subluxation, chiropractic

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