- Forceps delivery may involve an increased risk of injury to the upper cervical spine and spinal cord. The application and/or misapplication of these and other similar extraction aids can cause upper neck complications/subluxations.
- Recent statistics have shown that over 6,000 students will go to an emergency room and 21,000 will be seen by healthcare providers. Sudden neck snapping in extension, flexion, and compression to the head or buttocks from falls can cause spine and/or spinal cord injury. Activities that are commonly associated with falls that can cause pediatric spinal trauma/subluxation are skate boarding, trampoline, roller blades, horseback riding, surfing, water slides, or diving in shallow water.
- Gutmann, a medical/manual medicine doctor studied 1,000 infants with birth trauma. His study revealed that birth trauma often caused upper neck subluxation. The study revealed that infants who were adjusted during the study showed improvement with the following disorders: colic, restlessness, fever of unknown origin, seizures, and postural scoliosis. Dr. Gutmann speculated that abnormal nerve function (subluxation) may lead to a lowered immune system in children and may be a contributor to common childhood sickness as seen in ear infections and tonsillitis.
- A study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that out of 1,250 infants chosen at random, 211 suffered from nervousness, vomiting, muscular abnormalities, tremors and insomnia. Two hundred of those children had abnormal cervical (neck) muscle strain indicating vertebral subluxation. When the subluxation was adjusted and the muscle strain removed, an immediate calming often resulted; the children’s crying stopped, the muscles relaxed, and the children fell asleep. The authors noted that an unhealthy spine causes “many clinical features from central motor impairment to lower resistance to infections – especially ear, nose, and throat infections.”
- Gotfried Guttman, M.D., once staff member of the Department of Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine, Mallory Institute of Pathology, found that childhood subluxations had received “far too little attention.” Because of the frequency of problems, especially at birth, he recommended a chiropractic spinal checkup as soon as possible after delivery. Mechanical injury to the upper cervical spinal structures is indicated as a causal mechanism in cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Every adult, every child, every human being on the planet should have his or her spine evaluated from the beginning of life, since clinically we now know that it is the most critical element of being healthy.
Most Important Times to Check Infants for Subluxations
1– Right after birth
2- When starting to pick up head while on belly
3–At onset of crawling
4-As child begins to sit
5-When child first learns to stand
6-During initial walking stages
**Elevation Health doctors of chiropractic recommend spinal check-ups every 2 weeks for the 1st year of life, at a minimum. This is justified due to the fact that 50% of infants will have had a first fall from a high place within the first year of life.
Sign-up for the Elevation Health workshop:
Building a Titanium Immune System/Raising a Healthy, Vibrant Family
July 20th, 6:30pm, Livestreamed @ ehchiropractorlakemary.com/live-stream