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Infant with tight/hypertonic muscles & chiropractic care

Posted: May 28, 2024
By: Dr Rubin & Snaedis Logadottir

The challenges posed by abnormal muscle tone in children are multifaceted and can significantly impact motor development and overall well-being. Whether hypertonic or hypotonic, these conditions can range from mild to severe. Hypertonicity is characterized by increased muscle tension and limited flexibility. It can stem from various factors, including intrauterine injuries or neurologic conditions affecting the motor pathways such as cerebral palsy. In a chiropractic case study, a four-month-old infant presented with hypertonicity in the arms and legs.

The infant's case history revealed a complex birth involving interventions such as forceps and suction which potentially contributed to the muscular tension. Through a chiropractic care plan involving spinal and cranial adjustments, along with home care exercises, significant improvements were noted over a six-month period. The infant showed gradual resolution of hypertonicity symptoms, with improved milestones, limb flexibility and primitive reflexes. This case underscores the potential of chiropractic care in addressing muscle hypertonicity in pediatric patients and highlights the need for further research in this area to better understand its efficacy and applicability.

Beyond addressing physical symptoms, chiropractic care may play a crucial role in supporting motor development associated developmental delays or disabilities. As such, continued exploration and documentation of chiropractic approaches for pediatric musculoskeletal disorders are essential for optimizing care and promoting the well-being of young patients facing these challenges.

Reference: Kylie Read, BChiro. Resolution of Hypertonicity in a Pediatric Patient Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Report. Volume 12, No. 1, June 2011 Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics.

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