Cervical angles in sleep apnea patients: a retrospective study. Dobson GJ, Blanks RHI, Boone WR, McCoy HG, J Vertebral Subluxation Research 3(1), Mar, 1999. p. 9-23.

This was a study of 138 patients (ages 16-79) who were diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnear Syndrome (OSAS) and were evaluated by x-ray of the cervical spine. These patients had recurrent episodes of upper throat obstruction or airway collapse and loud snoring during sleep. This problem causes sleep disturbances and excessive daytime sleepiness, loss of oxygen during sleep and may cause heart and lung complications. There is no known cure.

It was found that the “overwhelming majority” of OSAS patients had a reversal of the upper cervical (neck) curve. The more abnormal the cervical curve, the worse their sleep apnea.

A descriptive report of change in cervical curve in a sleep apnea patient: the importance of monitoring possible predisposing factors in the application of chiropractic care. Kuhn D, J Vertebral Subluxation Research 3(1), Mar, 1999. p. 31-39.

This is the case of a 51 year-old male with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS). Chiropractic and spinal analysis records over a period of 21 years were reviewed as his condition developed. The patient’s weight went from 195 to 455 over a period of 18 years and as his weight gained his cervical spine underwent reversal (kyphosis) and his OSAS symptoms increased. This finding supports a relationship between weight gain and OSAS.

The chiropractic management of anxiety: a case report. Sullivan EC. ACA J of Chiropractic, 1992 (SEP); 29:29-34.

This is the case of a 42-year-old female patient suffering from anxiety attacks and agoraphobia since an auto accident. Other symptoms included nightmares, insomnia, tachycardia, dizziness, memory loss, difficulty in concentrating, and urinary bladder urgency. She also reported that a well-controlled peptic ulcer had exacerbated after the accident. Chiropractic analysis revealed major vertebral subluxation complex at C5-6, T5-6, and L5-S1 levels. After two months of chiropractic care and counseling patient reported a sharp reduction in anxiety, an end to agoraphobia attacks, bladder urgency, insomnia and dizziness and reduced low back pain.

After an additional four months, patient reported complete relief from anxiety and ulcer symptoms.

Children and sleep. Barnes, T Int’l Chiropractors Assn. Review September/October 2000 pp 28-32.

From the paper:

It has been my experience that many parents report an improvement in their children’s sleep habits following an adjustment. Many will comment how well their infants and toddlers sleep on the way home from the office and that they tend to sleep better in general after an adjustment. In a recent literature search linking chiropractic care and sleep, a total of eight citations were found.

Case report: The effect of a chiropractic spinal adjustment on toddler sleep pattern and behavior. Rome PL. Chiropractic Journal of Australia, 1996;26:11-14.

Author’s abstract:

The interaction of the cervical spine with the nervous system and the effectiveness of spinal adjustment in the management of the poor sleeping patterns of a 12-month-old male are discussed. The history of an often irritable, unsettled infant is also presented with a brief, but relevant, research review.

Since birth, this 12 month old boy would wake up 7-8 times a night. Medication (PanadolÔ) had been given without success. Following the first adjustment (C 1/2 and T 8/9), the child slept for seven hours.

A second case is briefly discussed of a 4-month-old boy with depressed appetite who slept only 30 minutes at a time. After one adjustment he slept for 11 hours. Four months later he had a fall and his poor sleeping habit returned. After one adjustment, the sleeping returned to normal; in addition he had a normal appetite.

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

More than 600 babies (to date) have been treated 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 session is sufficient in most cases. Manipulation of the occipito-cervical region leads to the disappearance of problems....”

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

This was an examination of 1,250 infants five days after birth. Over 25% of the infants were suffering from vomiting, irritability and sleeplessness. Examination showed that 75% of these infants had cervical (neck) strain. Treatment frequently resulted in an immediate relief of the symptoms.

Functional disorders (fixations) of the spine in children. Lewit K. Manuelle Therapie, J.A. Barth, Leipzig, 1973. Chap.2.7, pp.50-54.

Functional disorders in children may manifest themselves as sleep disorders, loss of appetite, psychic problems, dysmenorrhea and may not exist as spinal pain. Studies of healthy children revealed pelvic subluxations in 40% of all school children and cervical fixation in 15.8%. After manipulative treatments, the problems rarely recurred.

Relations of disturbances of cranio-sacral mechanisms to symptomatology of the newborn. Fryman V. Journal Of The American Osteopathic Association. 1966;65:1059.

In a group of 1250 unselected babies examined five days post partum, a group of 211 ‘nervous’ children were found suffering from vomiting, hyperactivity, tremors and sleeplessness. Release of ‘strain’ in the skull resulted in immediate quieting, cessation of crying, muscular relaxation and sleepiness.

Blocked atlantal nerve syndrome in infants and small children. Gutman G. ICA Review, 1990; July:37-42. Originally published in German Manuelle Medizin (1987) 25:5-10.

From the abstract:

Three case reports are reviewed to illustrate a syndrome that has so far received far too little attention and which is caused and perpetuated in babies and infants by blocked nerve impulses at the atlas. Included in the clinical picture are lowered resistance to infections, especially to ear-, nose- and throat infections, two cases of insomnia, two cases of cranial bone asymmetry and one case each of torticollis, retarded locomotor development, retarded linguistic development, conjunctivitis, tonsillitis, rhinitis, earache, extreme neck sensitivity, incipient scoliosis, delayed hip development and seizures.

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