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Sarah Green, DC & Joel Alcantara, DC


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ July 10, 2019 ~ Pages 78-81



Objective: To discuss the chiropractic care of a pediatric patient suffering torticollis, cranial distortion and difficulty feeding.

Clinical Presentation: The infant was 13-day-old a male when presented for chiropractic consultation and possible care. The infant had torticollis, had difficulty latching to his mother’s left breast and cranial distortion. He was both tongue and lip tied which was released via a scalpel. Prior care was a visit to a lactation consultant to have his tongue and lip tie revised. A visit to his pediatrician for a regularly scheduled check-up proved non-beneficial.

Treatment and Outcome: The patient was cared for with Diversified Technique (i.e., touch and hold) and the Webster Coronal Suture Technique. The patient was cared for over seven visits over 6-week period to address the infant’s presenting complaint with continued salutogenic care thereafter.

Conclusion: This case report provides supporting evidence that infants born with muscular torticollis, cranial distortion and difficulty breastfeeding may benefit from chiropractic care. We support continued documentation in the scientific literature of similar cases to inform higher-level research designs and clinical practice.

Key Words: torticollis, cranial distortion, difficult latch, vertebral subluxation, chiropractic

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