Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that usually happens during a growth spurt just before going through puberty. It is unknown, in most cases, what causes this condition. Two German doctors have devoted much of their time to trying to find out how the upper neck can be related to problems that occur in infants and how this affects their general health.
- Dr. Gutman: His research began in the 1960’s and was published in 1987 linking ear infections, colic, torticollis, and other illnesses in infants with a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck.
- Dr. Biederman: His research was published in 1992 and basically confirmed what Dr. Gutman had purposed was the issue – a misaligned bone in the neck.
Together, these two doctors examined as many as 1000 babies and found a large percentage of them had upper cervical issues. This could have been due to a number of things, such as:
- Trauma during the natural birthing process
- The use of forceps
- Vacuum extraction
The neck of a newborn baby is very fragile and the bones within can easily become damaged.
Scoliosis – A Result of Torticollis
Children with torticollis usually have stiff neck muscles and find it difficult to move their necks. They hold their heads to one side with the chin pointing slightly upward. More than likely, if an infant has torticollis, he will develop scoliosis later in life. Some people grow up and do not realize they have scoliosis, even if their curvature is as high as 15 degrees!
Help for Scoliosis
When your head is not lined up properly with your body, postural changes can occur, causing uneven hip alignment, tilting of the head and shoulders, and improper leg length. Therefore, it is vital to care for scoliosis at an early age to get the proper help. All babies should be examined by an upper cervical chiropractor at birth and then again at various stages throughout their childhood years. Exercises and proper spinal care can often help reverse the progression of scoliosis.
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