The Chiropractic Care of an Infant "Bottom Shuffler:" A Case Report and Review of the Literature

March 2012
Chiropractic Journal of Australia;Mar2012, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p21
Academic Journal
Abstract : Objective: To describe the successful chiropractic care of a toddler with an abnormal crawling pattern and review the literature. Clinical Features: An 11 month female infant was presented by her mother with concerns regarding her daughter's inability to cross-crawl. The infant was described as a "bottom shuffler". The infant's unusual locomotion began at 8 months of age. Intervention and Outcome: Chiropractic examination identified sites of subluxation at the upper cervical spine and sacro-iliac joint. Chiropractic adjustments were applied using the Activator Instrument and sacral-occipital technique. The patient's mother reported that within a few hours after the first visit, the patient began crawling on all fours, in a cross-crawl manner. She was confident to crawl upstairs. Conclusion: This case study demonstrates the possibility, that chiropractic care may alter abnormal biomechanical function, affecting developmental milestones such as ambulation. We support further research in the care of similar patients.


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