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Cranial Chiropractic Care and Infants

Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by | 11 views

Cranial Chiropractic Care and Infants

Cranial  and Spinal Subluxations:  Affect the neurological function of cranial nerves (i.e. pressure on the hypoglossal nerve as it exits the canal may result in dysfunction of the tongue) and upper cervical spine. Subluxations can result from vaginal birth, c-section, use of forceps, vacuum or force, and in-utero malposition.

 

Cranial Nerve:

What Nerve Controls:

Symptoms:

IX Glossopharyngeal

Taste/Swallowing

Swallowing Problems

X Vagus

Digestion, Heart, Esophagus, Trachea, Lungs, Stomach, Pancreas, Liver, Kidneys

Swallowing Problems, Digestive Disorders( i.e. Colic, Constipation, Reflux), Breathing Difficulties, Heart Irregularities

XI Spinal

Neck Muscles, Traps

Torticollis, Range of Motion(Neck Movement), Favors One Side When Nursing, Head Faces or Tilts in One Direction

XII Hypoglossal

Tongue Movement

Latch Difficulties(pinchy or painful), Tongue Movement Problems

C1-C3

Autonomic Nervous System, Brainstem, jaw/teeth, sinuses, inner/middle ear, Vagus Nerve

Nursing difficulties, grunty, insomnia, reflux/GI issues, Sensory Processing Disorders, ADHD, speech, epilepsy.

 

Cranial Nerves IX-XI exit the brain at the jugular foramen, Cranial Nerve XII exits in the hypoglossal canal. The jugular foramen and the hypoglossal canal sit between the occiput and temporal bones (base of skull) in the cranium. Cranial imbalances often impact these openings in turn putting pressure on the nerves exiting resulting in a symptomatic infant.

Jaw imbalances can often result from the birth process. If jaw imbalances are involved the infant may suffer with inability to open wide enough for proper latch, biting or chewing while nursing. Mom will be experience flattened nipples, cracked or bleeding nipples.                                                                   

Chiropractic Adjustment- Using slight movements and pressure cranial and spinal imbalances can be corrected. This will take the pressure of the nervous system allowing the child’s nervous system to adapt and heal.

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