Scientific studies show that the functioning of the upper neck joints is of great importance for the posture and motor development of the newborn. In the first months of the baby, these joints are also important for a good suction and swallow reflex. If the baby is a “crying baby”, it is often a result of painful and blocked upper neck joints, the KISS SYNDROME. It is assumed that the long lying of the baby than too much burden for the blocked high cervical vertebrae.
The manual therapist will use his specific treatment techniques to normalize the unfavorable situation in the upper neck joints (and pelvis) and, as such, works “CONDITIONAL” in the functions of the high neck which are so important to the infant.
Not only just after birth, but months (sometimes years) afterwards, manual therapy turns out to be an effective therapy. The asymmetry of the infant is one of the obvious symptoms of KISS syndrome.
Many of these babies do not exhibit the behavior of much or inconsolable crying. That is why asymmetrical lying is often discovered too late and the skull sometimes starts to flatten out after only 4 weeks. This is called skull asymmetry or plagiocephaly.
Observing the (also vague) skull flattening must be a warning to the parents, that the asymmetrical development continues throughout the spinal column, pelvis and hip joint. This more complex, barely visible asymmetry in posture and developing functions play a negative role in the developing child (we speak of KIDD syndrome)
Not every skull asymmetry is a consequence of KISS syndrome. There are several causes, such as a certain location in the womb.
It is precisely these children who come with a nice round head in the world, but already after a few weeks, develop a skull asymmetry as a result of being stuck in the cradle constantly in the same position. The parents must pay attention to that. The manual therapist can use some treatments to achieve functional recovery in the upper neck joints, preventing an increase in the already existing skull asymmetry.
When the first 2 months are treated, the existing skull asymmetry can easily recover. The redression helmet is then not necessary.
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We use general physiotherapeutic techniques such as massage and exercises during treatment. In addition, manual therapy, psychosomatic therapy and respiratory therapy are an important step in our treatment.