I thoroughly enjoyed reading this case study as I have observed facial asymmetry as well as asymmetry of the skull following birth many times in my 15 years in family practice. Ususally the parents come in extremely concerned and fighting the option of putting a sort of "molding helmet" on the childs head for long periods of time during the day. Another aspect with facial asymmetry is to make sure the jaw is aligned. A symptom of this would be difficulty in nursing. Similarly, misalignments in the upper cervicals may make it difficult for the child to nurse from both sides of the body, as in a limitation of turning its head both right and left. It is important to have these asymmetrys checked of course, as well as the size of the head. But I myself have never had a case not clear up with adjustments of the spine and cranium , As well as manipulation of the musculature. Enjoy the case study below.
Yours in health, Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci
Catherine Généreux DC Bio & Joel Alcantara DC Bio
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2011 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 35-39 Abstract
Introduction: To present the chiropractic care of a patient with facial asymmetry concomitant with vertebral subluxations.
Clinical Features: A four day old male presented with a facial asymmetry sustained at birth. Additional complaints included constipation, hypersalivation, and intestinal gas. Objective indicators of vertebral subluxation were identified via motion palpation and cranial examination. Infant reflexes were unremarkable.
Intervention & Outcomes: Logan Basic, Diversified, and Active Release were the techniques utilized over the course of care to reduce vertebral subluxations. The parents were given instructions on how to provide daily muscular treatments at home. The home regimen included soft-tissue massage, cranial massage, and inversion therapy.
Conclusion: The case of a four day old male with a history of facial asymmetry, constipation, hypersalivation, and intestinal gas is presented. Dramatic improvement in facial asymmetry is noted following the introduction of chiropractic care concomitant with a reduction in vertebral subluxation. Improvements were also observed with the patient's additional complaints. Further research is warranted to determine the benefits of chiropractic intervention.
The above words probably caught the attention of a lot of you. If you are experiencing these problems, chiropractic can help. In this case, restoring proper kinesiological and neurological function by reducing vertebral subluxation(spinal misalignment) restored proper afferent stimulation of the autonomic nervous system resulting in a reduction of symptoms. Many times I find that it is a combination of improper cervical (neck) structure as well as nutritional deficencies. If anyone in your family or friendly circle is experiencing these problems, i would be happy to have a look at them. Please read the short abstract below. Read in good health, Dr. Kim Maziarz
Improvement in a Child with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Constipation, and Deformational Plagiocephaly Undergoing Chiropractic Care
Robin Swaminathan, D.C. Bio & Laura Hanson, D.C., D.I.C.C.P. Bio
Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2011 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 9-13 Abstract
Objective: The chiropractic management of an infant with of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), constipation and deformational plagiocephaly is described.
Clinical Features: A 5-month-old female presented for care with complaints of GERD since birth and constipation since she was 4-6 weeks old. At the time of initial presentation medication was not affecting frequency or amount of reflux symptoms. Bilateral flattening of the occiput was noted indicating deformational plagiocephaly.
Intervention and Outcomes: The patient was seen 19 times over approximately 6 months for chiropractic evaluation and management. Chiropractic adjustments included atlas, T2, L4, sacrum and the cranial vault. At the time of a 6-month care reassessment, the patient had ceased taking anti-reflux medication and was regularly having 1 to 2 bowel movements per day. The patient’s plagiocephaly was improved with only slight leveling of the occiput noted.
Conclusions: In this case, restoring proper kinesiological and neurological function by reducing vertebral subluxation restored proper afferent stimulation of the autonomic nervous system resulting in a concomitant reduction in subluxation findings, deformational plagiocephaly and visceral dysfunction.
Key Words: chiropractic, subluxation, GERD, GER, reflux, gastroesophageal, constipation, plagiocephaly, infant
Yours in health, Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci, DC 86 Valley Rd, Montclair, NJ 07042 973-744-9880 www.PosturePerfectChiropractic.com
Dr. Kim Maziarz Carlucci, DC
I have been a chiropractor for since 1996 but an athlete since I played baseball with the boys in the early pee wee leagues. I continued with sports throughout my high school career: softball, basketball, skiing and competitive horseback riding. In chiropractic school I was introduced to functional exercise and structural rehabilitation and continue to do this type of exercise to this day with great success.