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During the birth process, the connective tissue in the head and neck can be damaged. This commonly happens from C-section but can also happen occasionally with “normal” births. This damage forces the head and neck to shift out of proper positioning. We call this a Structural Shift.


This Structural Shift of the head and neck in your baby can put pressure on the Brainstem. The Brainstem controls all the automatic functions in the body, including breathing, digestion, heart rate, hormone levels, sucking reflex, etc. Also included in this list is muscle tone on each side of the body. So, when there is Brainstem Pressure from the Structural Shift, it causes the muscles on one side of the baby’s body to squeeze down more than the other side. This creates a visible Posture Pattern that Dr. Slagel can easily identify.

Once a baby’s body is locked into this Posture Pattern, pain and dysfunction can develop almost anywhere as a result. The most common Secondary Conditions in babies are: colic, reflux, sleeping problems, and nursing problems.

So, if your baby is having problems, we are able to measure their Posture Pattern, and if it matches the pattern we look for, then we are able to correct the root cause, a Structural Shift that’s causing Brainstem Pressure. Once we correct the Structural Shift and the Pressure is off the Brainstem, then the muscle tone balances side to side and the Posture Pattern self corrects and the baby’s body is able to heal and feel better. This is when we see colic, reflux, sleeping problems, and nursing problems get better.

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