From the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health comes a case study published on March 28, 2013 documenting the case of an infant who was suffering from colic and torticollis, who was helped by chiropractic care.
The study authors start by noting that colic affects 29% to 39% of infants. According to the US government website MedlinePlus, "Colic is crying in a baby that lasts for longer than 3 hours a day and is not caused by a medical problem. About 1 in 5 babies cry long enough to be considered colicky." The study authors also note that the signs of colic go beyond just crying, "In addition to abdominal pain and distension, the patient will have excessive bowel gas and legs held in a position drawn up toward the body."
In this case a 3 month old baby boy was brought to the chiropractor suffering from incessant crying and torticollis. Infant torticollis is when the baby's head is tilted to one side and the chin turned toward the other, due to muscle contraction. The baby's history revealed he was born six weeks early by cesarean section and spent two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He started experiencing gastric reflux and colic in his first month of life. At the baby's first pediatric check-up he was diagnosed with colic, torticollis and flattening of the bones on the top of his head as well as the left side of the back of his head. The boy's mother noted that he could not turn his head comfortably to either side. His medical doctor suggested a helmet for the torticollis.
The boy cried during the entire chiropractic examination. The results of the examination showed a number of postural abnormalities and restrictions in ranges of motion. His abdomen was extremely sensitive to touch with the muscles being hard. It was determined based on the chiropractic examination that the child had a subluxation of the top bone in his neck, C1, as well as misalignments in his pelvis and mid back area. Specific chiropractic adjustments were initiated to correct the baby's subluxations.
The case reports notes that on the second chiropractic visit the mother reported that her son was able to sleep with his head turned to the left, which he had not been able to do previously. His mother also reported that her son exhibited positive behavioral changes, noting that he was a happier baby and was crying less. By the third visit the baby was sleeping better and continued to cry less. By the fourth visit the patient's mother stated that her son's torticollis as well as the colic were completely resolved. The child continued to be healthy and happy from that point forward.
The authors of the study summed up the outcome by stating, "The child showed marked improvement after each chiropractic visit with complete resolution of the colic and torticollis after just four visits. This completely changed the demeanor and character of this child illustrating the positive effect of chiropractic on this child as well as his parent's lives."
September usually stands out as the end of summer and beginning of a brand new school year. More and more information is being taught at an earlier level which has been leading to an increase in homework load requiring the carrying of large, heavy books. This increase in backpack weight pulls backwards on kids causing them to make abnormal postural changes to try to compensate for the weight and to prevent themselves from falling over. This puts extra stress on young developing spines and may lead to neck and back pain. The increased weight of the books can also cause the straps to affect muscles, nerves, and blood vessels that may cause tingling or numbness in the limbs. With these things to be aware of, what steps can you encourage your young ones to take to prevent pain and injury?
Lighten the load! – Making sure that only the necessary books are being carried around is a good first step. Encourage kids to make frequent locker stops so that the weight of the backpack never exceeds 10-15% of their body weight. Cleaning out the backpacks weekly will also limit unnecessary weight. If more books are required, have your young students carry the excess in their arms to help distribute weight better. Good tip: Purchase a smaller backpack to prevent over-stuffing!
Distribute the load evenly! – Make sure that heavier books are placed towards the back of the backpack so that they are closest to your child’s back with smaller items tucked into the front pocket compartments. With the heavier weight towards the center of gravity, kids can better handle the load.
Proper wearing! – Despite the current “cool” trend, wearing both straps over the shoulders will help distribute the weight more evenly and avoid further abnormal compensations for heavy backpacks. Another big piece in proper backpack wearing, is the location of the backpack on the back. The bottom of the backpack should fall in the middle of the curve of the lower back and should absolutely never fall lower than 4″ below the child’s waistline. Taking the time to explain to kids that wearing their backpack properly will help prevent pain later on can be difficult but it is certainly worth the effort. Good tip: Look to use a backpack that has wider, padded straps which are adjustable to achieve the proper height and to avoid cutting into the shoulders!
Lift with the legs! – It is also important to be aware of how your young student puts their backpack on. Helping them to realize proper lifting techniques by bending at the knees and not at the waist can help decrease the risk of injury.
Look to go digital! – With the increase in availability of lightweight tablets and e-books, looking into digital options to replace heavy textbooks may be an option especially if your student is required to purchase their own textbooks. Check your school’s policies and if you get the okay, look into sites like Amazon Textbook Rental, Coursesmart.com, and Apple iBooks Textbooks. Having to only carry around a small tablet can significantly reduce the weight your student may have to carry.
By following these easy steps, you as a parent can help protect the spine of your children!
Migraines really sap a person’s energy. Most cope by taking pain medication of one sort or another, lying in bed in a dark, quiet room, and waiting for the pain to go away. Wouldn’t it be much better to address a migraine at its source so they do not continue to recur? Before discussing how to do that, let’s take a look at 3 little-known migraine facts that may be surprising to learn.
Stopping Migraines at the Underlying Cause in Fort Myers Florida
The best way to care for migraines is to stop them before they have a chance to begin. This does not mean taking medication when you feel one coming on. Often, doing so is ineffective. However, a connection has been seen between the onset of migraines and a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck vertebrae, even one as small as ¼ of a millimeter. A misalignment in either the C1 or C2 can hinder communication to and from the brain and body, negatively impact blood flow, and reduce cerebrospinal fluid flow. This can cause migraines to occur.
Here at Upper Cervical Health Centers Fort Myers, we use a gentle method to realign these bones and bring the body back into balance. Patients have seen positive results in as few as one or two visits.
Dr. Lee Angle
Dr. Lee Angle is originally from southern West Virginia. After having his life changed through Upper Cervical Care he chose to pursue it as a career. He has been practicing Upper Cervical Chiropractic for over nine years. Dr. Angle previously worked as a certified personal trainer. This background allows him to educate his patients on proper movement and exercises to speed their recovery and enhance their Upper Cervical Care.