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Facial Symmetry

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

face symmetrySeven-month-old male baby with facial and skull asymmetry since the eighth week of life. After spinal adjustment slept well in all positions for first time. “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.

More than 600 babies (to date) have been treated for suboccipital strain. One hundred thirty-five infants who were available for follow-up was reviewed in this case series report. The suboccipital strainʼs main symptoms include torticollis, fever of unknown origin, loss of appetite and other symptoms of CNS disorders, swelling of one side of the facial soft tissues, asymmetric development of the skull, hips, crying when the mother tried to change the childʼs 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 occipitocervical region leads to the disappearance of problems....”