Facial Symmetry

The atlas fixation syndrome in the baby and infant. Gutmann G. Manuelle Medizin 1987 25:5-10, Trans. Peters RE.

This is the case of a seven-month-old male baby with facial and skull asymmetry since the eighth week of life. After the first spinal adjustment, the child slept well in all positions for the first time in his life.

The study mentioned that the child’s “Skull becoming more symmetrical, facial asymmetry cannot be noticed any more.”

Kinematic imbalances due to suboccipital strain in newborns (KISS syndrome). Biedermann H. J. J Manual Medicine 1992, 6:151-156.

At the time of the writing of this paper the author had treated more than 600 babies for suboccipital strain. One hundred thirty-five infants who were available for follow-up were reviewed in this case series report.

The suboccipital strain’s main symptoms include torticollis, fever of unknown origin, loss of appetite and other symptoms of CNS disorders such as swelling of one side of the facial soft tissues, asymmetric development of the skull and hips, crying when the mother tried to change the child’s position, and extreme sensitivity of the neck to palpation. Most patients in the series required one to three adjustments before returning to normal. “Removal of suboccipital strain is the fastest and most effective way to treat the symptoms...one session is sufficient in most cases. Manipulation of the occipito-cervical region leads to the disappearance of problems....”

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