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Resolution of Birth Induced Facial Asymmetry Following Chiropractic Care: A Case Report


Catherine Généreux DC Bio & Joel Alcantara DC Bio    


Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health - Chiropractic ~ Volume 2011 ~ Issue 1 ~ Pages 35-39 


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.


Keywords: facial asymmetry, birth trauma, vertebral subluxation, chiropractic, craniofacial, ocular torticollis, plagiocephaly, craniosynostosis

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